“Don’t be afraid, Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers.- Daniel 10:12
Daniel was known as someone who prayed A LOT. Because of this, there is so much that we can learn from him and carve into our own prayer lives. In Daniel chapter 10, we read of how he interceded before the heavenly court on behalf of God’s people, and how an angel actually came to answer him.
“Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words” (Daniel 10:12 ESV)
From this verse, there are three things I believe God wants to say in regard to prayer:
Daniel’s Prayer Posture
Daniel was desperate to see breakthrough. So much so that we’re told that he mourned, restricted his diet and didn’t anoint himself for three weeks. For 21 days he prayed without ceasing. Daniel obviously didn’t do things by halves, right?. When the angel appeared, they said that Daniel had set his heart to understand and humbled himself before God. Daniel was persistent and intentional with his prayers. He humbled himself before God, and sought His will in the situation.
What is our posture when we’re praying? Are we rushing around or distracted by what’s going on around us? Or are we actually setting our hearts to understand what God has to say to us, and humbling ourselves before the King?
God Hears our Prayers
The angel tells Daniel that from the very first day, God heard his prayers. Even though Daniel prayed for 3 weeks, God heard his prayer on day 1. From this, we can be encouraged that God hears our prayers from the word go. We don’t have to pray for days and days on end in order for God to hear us. He always hears us!
Not only does God hear our prayers, but he responds. God sent the angel in response to Daniel’s prayers (“…and I have come because of your words”). Daniel may have had to wait 21 days, but God answered! Whether it’s been 21 days, or 21 years, be encouraged that we serve a God who wants to answer our prayers. As we read on in the verses that follow, we hear that the angel was delayed because they were held by the prince of the kingdom of Persia. Acknowledging that there is spiritual warfare going on around us, or simply distractions that prohibit us hearing from God, be mindful of this and intentionally pray against anything that would hinder you hearing from God.
Be confident that God is for us, and when we pray He hears us and and will respond. Rest in this today and as you continue praying.