Read: Daniel 10:2-3,12-13
In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning three entire weeks. I did not eat any tasty food nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed.
Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God your words were heard. And I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for 21 days; then behold Michael one of the Chief Princes, came to help me…
Reflect: This is a rather astounding story packed full of principles on prayer. First, Daniel was compelled to cry out to God about injustice. Clearly, we know we need to pray not only for ourselves but for the injustice others face. Second, he prayed and fasted for 3 weeks. He didn’t give up! He pressed in and believed beyond what he could see or touch and then the answer came and clarified the whole ordeal. Satan had thwarted God’s response. Friends, there is a battle in the spiritual realm and if you are a believer in Jesus, a Christ follower, then you are part of that battle. You can be sure hell will do everything it can to stop your prayers and discourage your prayer life.
There are 2 types of Christians;
First, are the Christians who pray and ask God to just help them get through their circumstances whatever they are. “Help me do my best, and give me help and peace when I go through this.”
The second believes their prayers can alter their circumstances and the circumstances of others. One believes life is a chance, the other believes there is a sovereign design. The whole of the book of Daniel declares that God is in control, sovereign, yet Daniel participates in His sovereignty through his prayers. I happen to know a dear lady who prays like this, Joy Dawson and throughout this past year she daily interceded for my life as she has for some time. On July 6th at 3:25 PM my phone rang and it was Joy, she said, “The Lord gave me a verse for you,” but she says, “this is a risk because it declares healing over you and you are not sick.” Well I was sick and I had never told Joy, but Jesus did! Isaiah 57:18-19 – “I have seen his ways, and I will heal him.” Verse 19, “I will heal him.”
I believe God is calling some of you to come to terms with your power and potential in prayer. Yield to Him and touch others as Daniel and Joy do and you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams.
Father, your power and your possibilities are not reserved for an elite group of people, but for people who believe you. Teach me Holy Spirit to be one of those people who believe prayer can and does change the world.