June 29, 2021
In Daniel, Chapter 9, we read one of the great prayers of the Bible. Similar to Jeremiah’s prayer in Jeremiah 1, Daniel pours out his soul for his nation. His prayer is a mighty prayer for us to pray, word-for-word, as we cry out for our nation.
But does God hear his humble, repentant prayer? The next chapter reveals the response of our prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God.
Daniel 10:4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great river, that is, the Tigris,
5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz.
6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.
Whether you believe this was the pre-incarnate Christ or a mighty angel, it was a messenger from heaven. God came.
Daniel 10:11 He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
Daniel 10:12 Then he said to me, “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.
OUR ENEMY OPPOSES GOD’S WORK
Daniel 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
GOD GIVES THE UNDERSTANDING WE NEED
Daniel 10:14 “Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”
GOD GIVES US, NOT EVERYTHING BUT WHAT WE NEED TO BELIEVE
It may not be the exact answer we think we need, but His promises for the future give us hope. Regardless of what is happening in our present, our future is secure in his hands. He wins. And those who are with Him win also! Often in prayer, God lifts our eyes from the immediate to the most important issue and gives us a promise for us to believe.
HIS WORDS GIVE US THE PEACE, COURAGE, AND STRENGTH WE NEED!
Daniel 10:19 He said, “O man of high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace be with you; take courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
GOD REMINDS US OUR JOB IS TO BE FAITHFUL TO THE END AND WE WILL BE REWARDED!
Daniel 12:13 “But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age.”
Father, thank You that as we cry earnestly to You and seek You, You will answer us. You hear our prayers! What a blessed, gracious thought. And You answer and give us exactly what we need to believe You and move forward in faith.
March 29, 2023
As a pastor for the last 55 years, I have had the joy of being encouraged and blessed and prayed for by so many people. It is what carries you in your task of shepherding people. As I look back over five decades of ministry, their love has dramatically enriched my life.
But also, a pastor leads. And when anyone leads, there are almost always some who disagree.
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