Completely irresistible. Even a non-animal lover would not stand chance against the power of adorable that radiates from these faces.
It’s that time again: spring hedgies! The litters we have for sell this time have to be the cutest and friendliest we have had so far. This time around I am having a difficult time letting each one go to a new home. They truly have me wrapped around their quills.
One masked bandit face is enough to create a sense of “I have to squeeze him” type feeling. But there is nothing quite like lifting up their hide house only to find seven sibling baby hedgehogs asking you why you stole their hiding place. To gaze upon the prickly group, it is almost impossible to choose which one you will cuddle first. Yes, the power of one is irresistible. The power of more than one? Well, unquenchable perfection. Together they possess unstoppable cuteness.
Can you tell I am a bit taken with hedgehogs?
The power of unity is evident in so many aspects of life. A country united is a country that stands. A family united is a family that stays strong. It is evident that to be united in a cause can break down barriers, move mountains, and make things happen.
Why would it be any different with prayer? Yes, God hears us as we pray as one person. He answers and he moves on our behalf. But how much more when…
The book of Daniel screams for us to take notice when it comes to prayer. Time after time we see that when Daniel prayed things happened. Shall we witness a time when Daniel recruited others to pray with him? We shall.
In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon was greatly troubled by a particular dream. He called in diviners, sorcerers, and mediums to interpret it for him. This was his first irrational action. The second irrational action involved him expecting them to tell him, not only the meaning of the dream, but the dream itself. Talk about a “guess what I’m thinking” kind of game!
When they could not do this impossible task the king issued a decree to have them and all the wise men executed. This meant that, along with the diviners and sorcerers, Daniel and his pals, who had been exiled to Babylon, would also be put to death.
Seems like a time to panic now, don’t you think?
How did Daniel respond to the threat he faced? He asked the king for more time to interpret the dream. Stall tactic? A ploy? Not quite. Daniel’s motive for requesting more time was a way for him to be able to spend time in prayer.
He needed time to pray and to seek God’s help. Making this request of the king was bold, but necessary.
“Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends… He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed… During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven…” Daniel 2:17-19
When Daniel determined in himself to seek God in the matter, he did not go about it alone. He needed an army to battle with him this time. Prayer opens the eyes of our hearts so we can see our circumstances through Godly lenses. And praying with someone else strengthens the prayer even more.
Matthew 18 reminds us that where two or more are gathered in His name, He is there. Authority and power exist full force in a prayer of agreement. While prayer connects us with God’s plan, unity in prayer certainly moves the heart of God. Daniel knew this. Read the rest of the story. God revealed, not only the interpretation of the dream, but also the dream itself. This battle was won.
If you come across a group of adorable masked bandits, beware of their power of cuteness. You will not stand a chance. When you come across a mountain that needs moving, gather your forces. That mountain will not stand in your way. Unity in prayer is power in prayer.