Today in Daniel 10 we see Daniel after three weeks of prayer and a form of fasting. He goes to the bank of the Tigris River and sees a vision of an angel of high rank, believed to be Gabriel. Men had been with Daniel at the time, but none could see the vision. This should remind us of when those accompanying Saul, later known as the Apostle Paul, couldn’t understand the voice coming from Heaven that Saul heard when he was on the road to Damascus. Isn’t it interesting that both groups were so close to the presence of the power of God, but just couldn’t see or understand it?
Daniel was greatly affected by the vision, as his physical state turns sickly and weak. This shows that even the holiest of men can’t compare to God’s power! He’s reassured by the angel that he’s there because God heard Daniel’s prayers and greatly loves him. The angel shares that God responded as soon as Daniel started praying three weeks earlier! He dispatched the angel to share a vision with Daniel about the future of God’s people, but the angel was delayed by the “prince of Persia”, a demon of high rank. The vision was important enough that battles were happening trying to stop its delivery!
Do you have any doubt at all that prayer matters? This chapter is a clear indicator that it most certainly does! We have the privilege of communicating with the God of the universe, the One who created us. And what’s even more amazing about this is that He listens!
Here are some questions to reflect on today:
- Do you pray to the Lord daily?
- If not, why don’t you, knowing that the Lord hears and cares for you?
- How different would your life be if you communicated with God daily?
Make a commitment today to pray every day for the next week. If you aren’t sure where to start, feel free to contact any of the staff and we would be happy to help you!
By: Kaitlin White — Preschool Director