Summary: Daniel gives a beautiful illustration of thanksgiving for answered prayer. Do you pause to give God thanks?

Ten lepers Luke 17:17-18, “So Jesus answered

and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where

are the nine? Were there not any found who returned

to give glory to God except this foreigner?”

We should be careful to give thanks to God; He is

powerful to answer prayer!

I. Intellectual Power

A. ‘Wisdom & might’ (vs. 20)

B. God is all-knowing - Omniscient

II. Independent Power (vs. 21a)

A. Changes times & Seasons

B. Removes and raises up kings

C. God is Sovereign

D. He asks no one for help or authority

III. Inclusive Power (21b) Generosity

A. Gives wisdom

B. Gives knowledge

C. James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let

him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and

without reproach, and it will be given to him”

IV. Illuminative Power (vs. 22)

A. Knows & reveals hidden things

B. Light (truth, knowledge) is with Him

All of these are demonstrated in Daniel’s personal thanks: (Verse 23)

1. “You have given me wisdom and might” –

Intellectual Power

2. “You have made known” (2X) –

Illuminative Power

3. “You have made known” (2X)

“You have given” – Inclusive Power

4. “the king’s demand” – Independent Power

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