"But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has let King Nebuchadnezzar know what will happen in the last days. Your dream and the visions that came into your mind as you lay in bed were these:"
Expect to hear.
In this chapter both Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel are spoken to by God. God speaks to His creation. There are so many examples in the Bible of God speaking to people who are not committed to following Him, or do not fall under any of His covenants. Think the Pharaoh of Egypt at the time of Joseph’s imprisonment, Pilate’s wife, Cornelius in Acts 10. God does not discriminate who He speaks to. Of course the examples of God speaking to His people vastly outnumber the occasions when He speaks to people like Nebuchadnezzar.
We can expect to hear from God. The question is, are we paying attention enough to know that it is God that is speaking? This might be stating the obvious, but make sure you have got a notebook and pen when you spend time with Jesus. Write down what He has drawn you to pray for and ask, “Is there anything you want to say to me?” Wait in a receiving posture. It is pretty helpful to have a notebook beside your bed for those dreams too.
Expect to Understand.
Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel both take steps so they can understand what God has said. Nebuchadnezzar does not even entertain the possibility of not understanding his dream, and although his anger and threats are not something that we should try to emulate, I like his hunger to understand.
When he was faced with an impossible task, Daniel seeks God’s face through sustained fasting and praying, not giving up until he had received an answer. I like that hunger. In times when we are desperate to hear from God drawing close to Him through fasting can make a big difference.
I just love Daniel’s confidence. I love that he is able to take action to tell Nebuchadnezzar exactly what is going on. When you have heard from God, take action with confidence. He really is the God who reveals mysteries.
Perhaps you are thinking, “But I’m no Daniel.” Back yourself; you do not need to be a Daniel. Remember Jesus teaches in Matthew 11:25 “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants.” You really can understand what God has in store for you and act in confidence.
Prepare & Pray.
Buy yourself a couple of notebooks; one for your prayer times and one for your dreams. Keep them handy, especially that dreams one. It is important to write your dreams down straight away before some/all of the details fade. It is hard enough to get them written down in that I’ve-just-woken-up state, never mind finding the notebook. Make sure you have it handy beside your bed along with a pen.
Spend some time praying and ask God to speak with you and for Him to activate or refine gifts of discernment in you.