We are discussing the Kingdom of God. Today, let’s shed some light and truth about how the enemy realm steals our blessings.
Have you ever read the story about Daniel and how he prays and the Lord immediately, and I mean IMMEDIATELY, responds and sends an answer in reply?
He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.
Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” —Daniel 10: 10-14
This passage is extremely revealing.
Our prayers move the heart of God. He delights to respond to earnest, heartfelt prayer and petitions. Out of intimacy, because Daniel was continual intimacy with the Father, God immediately responded to his request for understanding. But what is revealed here is fascinating and absolutely STILL AT PLAY TODAY.
The angel with the answer, is delayed in the second heaven where he literally had to battle a demonic principality to make his way to earth. This scenario is played out over and over again today as we petition the Lord with our prayers and requests. We must battle through some heavy territory to receive our answers because the Prince and ruler of the air, this planet, well do everything possible to steal our blessings, our answers, our benefits that are lavishly released to us by the Father’s hand.
I have watched this scene play out so many times in my own life. And GRRRRRRR. It makes me so mad at the devil.
What we need to learn from this lesson in Daniel is PRESISTENCE. I cannot preach about this word enough. My experience in Christianity is that believers give up way to easily and way toooooo soooooon. Everything about answered prayer is about persistence, pressing in, and petitioning until our answer arrives.
This passage also reveals something very powerful. We need pray support. It was only Daniel praying. He was alone in his petitions and it took 21 days. This is a lesson that corporate prayer brings more power to push back the enemy lines and make a breakthrough the second heaven oppression to allow God’s provisions to enter in. Now, I realize that sometimes it’s only us. Only you that is praying. And this passage indicates that God answered and the angelic broke through. So, we can depend on the fact that our prayer alone are very powerful. Yet, when things are really deep or when prayer is needed for a people group, a city and a nation, joining together with other like-minded pray(ers) is what’s needed to move the answers through the heavens.
Okay, what do you think? Share with me a time where your persistence in prayer was evidenced. I’ll see you in the comments.
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