Today’s Scripture Reading: Daniel 10:1 through Daniel 12:13; Ezra 4:24-5:1; Haggai 1:1-15
Can you imagine standing on the beach in Destin and looking up and seeing a man …
- Dressed in linen clothing?
- With a belt of pure gold around his waist?
- With a body that looked like a precious gem?
- With a face that flashed like lightning?
- With eyes flaming like torches?
- With arms and feet that shone like polished bronze?
- A voice that roared like a vast multitude of people?
And oh by the way, all the other folks on the beach run and hide, so you are alone witnessing this amazing vision.
And then he says,
I’m sorry I’m late, but a funny thing happened on the way to answer your prayer…(Daniel 10:12-13)
Do you believe in angels?
Daniel, chapter ten is one of the most important chapters in Scripture for angelology (the study of angels). This chapter suggests that an invisible war is constantly fought in the spiritual world which has great impact on the course of nations and the experience of individuals.
It’s really nice to think about having angels to protect us and to watch over our loved ones, but we really don’t want to think about demons hovering over us, delaying our prayers and trying their best to destroy us spiritually and even physically.
Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Daniel 10:12-13
Friends there’s a war going on. It began in the Garden of Eden and will continue as long as we’re on this earth—God and Satan, good and evil, angels and demons.
But there’s good news:
- God hears every prayer (Daniel 10:12)
- God sends angels to answer our prayers and fight for us (Daniel 10:12-13)
- God sends angels to strengthen and encourage us (Daniel 10:18-19)
- We are precious to God (Daniel 10:11,19)
- We do not have to be afraid (Daniel 10:19)
We must not be discouraged when our prayers are not answered immediately. God hasn’t forgotten us. He’s fighting for us and working all things (even Satan’s demons) for the good of those that love him and are called to according to His purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)
Heavenly Father, teach us to pray believing You hear and answer our prayers. Give us a boldness to stand against the enemies of our soul. Holy Spirit help us to be strong and rest in Your peace.
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Zechariah 1:1-6; Haggai 2:10-19; Ezra 5:2; Haggai 2:20-23; Zechariah 1:7 through Zechariah 5:11