Daniel 4:5 I had a dream and it frightened me; while in my bed, the images and visions in my mind alarmed me.

Nebuchadnezzar was in the ‘golden years’ of his life. He had conquered all his enemies. The empire was secure and he was at ease and flourishing in his palace. But he had a dream and the dream terrified him greatly.

Do you know someone you think is beyond salvation. You may have a friend who you think will never get saved. Someone who has some redeeming qualities but who can also go off the rails at times. When they get mad they say things like, ‘I’m going to cut you up and make your house a dung hill’. They’re grumpy at times and sequester themselves in their ’palace’.

If God puts a burden on your heart for a co-worker, a friend or a relative, keep praying for them because you have no idea what God might be doing when they lay their head down at night. Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful man on earth. But God knew how to reach him. God can get to anyone.

I think one of the greatest sins in the western church today is our underestimation of the effectiveness of prayer. I think we have so much to learn about prayer. And the best way to learn is to pray. We don’t need to read books or listen to tapes on prayer; pray! That is the best way to experience the power of prayer.


David Ball