Last time we read how not only is our Divine Armor necessary, but so too is our knowledge of the Word and our faith in prayer. The message continues this week…
We know, or we should know, that whatever comes of our prayers, if we gave it fully to Him, it will come forth from Him and with His blessing. Whether we find the outcome favorable or timely or even – as we may see it – unfortunate, let us acknowledge that if it passed through His court, His blessing is upon it and we should be immensely thankful for it! His will, not ours!
Prayer can result in amazing things, not the least of which being the beautiful closeness it brings with our Lord.
Now, I want to look for a moment to the Book of Daniel. Let’s look for a moment at chapter 10, verse 2:
2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. 3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. 4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; 5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. 7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. 9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. 11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
Did you catch all that? You see, what we need to take away here is that (verse 3) Daniel was in the midst of a fast for some twenty-one days. It says in verse 12 that, as soon as Daniel began his fast, this angel set out to deliver a message, but he was detained for essentially three weeks by the prince of Persia. The Archangel Michael, it says in verse 13, came to assist this messenger to Daniel, freeing him up, so to speak. I want to be clear here that this angel, and even the archangel Michael, were not in battle for three weeks with a flesh-and-blood prince of Persia. No, friend. They were at battle with a spiritual force, a fallen power behind that nation! Those familiar with the books of Isaiah and Ezekiel will note similarities in this wording with certain titles associated with Lucifer in those books; a fallen angel acting as a power behind a potentate.
If you look a little further down, you read in verses 20 and 21 that this angel, once he had finished delivering his message, was preparing to return to the battle with the prince of Persia, who was in due time to be replaced by the coming prince of Grecia. Something to note is that, historically, the Greek empire overtook the Persian empire some two-hundred years after this! Is there a connection? Furthermore, the last part of verse 21 even seems to indicate that Michael was in effect the prince of Israel, it’s spiritual powerhouse!
Understand the significance here because the point I’m about to make is entirely reflective of our study of Ephesians 6. Our world functions in a particular way, and we all know of the constancy of conflict that sweeps this world in one form or another. But do you ever stop to think about what may actually be happening behind the scenes? What spiritual battles may be waging day after day around us? What heated conflicts take wing over each of us or over those we love?
Something to think about is this: Daniel fasted for twenty-one days before the angel got to him to deliver his message. That angel battled for twenty-one days before he was able to get reinforcement in order to finally deliver the word of prophecy to Daniel. What would have happened if Daniel gave up on his fast or ceased his prayers early?
Could it be that perhaps we are in his position but fail to hold the line, so to speak, long enough for reinforcements to arrive?
The Message continues next time…
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