12 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. 13 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. 14 Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.”
Daniel 10: 12-14 NLT
How does your prayer life look like? Did you know that your prayers are what provoke a command from God in heaven? When we pray, we are communicating to the God of the Universe. The very God that brought both the things we see and don't see into existence. Prayers are powerful. We saw this while covering Daniel 9:23 here>> https://www.sautiradio.com/blog/a-timely-god. As we dig deeper today into the power of prayer, let us bring our focus to our verse of the day.
The context of this scripture includes a time where Daniel had gone into fasting and prayer for twenty one days after he had a vision revealing a time of war and hardship for his people. Take notice of how Daniel takes the burden of his people upon himself to: 1) Humble himself before God and to 2) Pray for understanding. Earlier in Daniel 10:2, Daniel says that he received his vision when he was in prayer and fasting while previously in chapter 9:2 he had learned about God's judgment on Jerusalem from reading God's Word. Friends, we can only be made aware of our situation IN God- through His Word and through prayer and fasting. This is the dynamic way of communion with our Heavenly Father: He speaks to us through His Word and we speak to Him through prayer and fasting. It is only then, that we gain revelation of events taking place in the spiritual realm. This kind of amazing and supernatural access to God is not just for selected people. Remember that God is not a respecter of persons, He has no favorites (See Acts 10:34). He is not scared of what other people will think if he chooses to use you. God only responds to the level of our faith. The more time you spend with Him, the more He trusts you enough to reveal things to you. He will never force His way into your life.
A critical point to note in verses 13-14 is that there was a struggle. In Daniel 10:11, Daniel is referred to as "very precious". Other versions may say, "highly esteemed", "man of quality", "greatly loved" or "highly regarded". Why? Because Daniel took His time with God through reading the Word of God, praying and fasting. This is why during the entire 21-day period he prayed there was a struggle. Please note that the moment you become precious to God you have also become hell's biggest target. The devil loathes prayerful Christians who are in constant communion with God because their prayers dismantle his plans every time. We are forever victorious in Jesus Christ! This is why prayer is powerful. As your prayers fall into God's ears, they trigger a war as described in verse 13. Which is why you have to stay alert, disciplined and persistent. Just because you pray a powerful prayer on day one, does not mean the devil has been defeated (at least not yet). In fact, that powerful prayer you just made angered the enemy so much that he planned an even stronger attack. Which is one of the reasons why some prayers may feel like they are taking long to get answered. It is because there is a war over your life, a war that is not of this physical world (See Ephesians 6:12). A powerful Christian will pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Persistent prayer on God's Word is your weapon of warfare. The devil can never defeat that!