“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.” Daniel 10:12 NIV
We’ve spent more than a month dedicating days to corporate prayer and in the back of our minds some of us are wondering, “Does God hear me?” Yes! A delay is not a denial.
The angel Gabriel, the same angel who made announcement to Mary that she was highly favored and would give birth to the Messiah is the same angel that visits Daniel to tell him that he is highly esteemed by God.
He came to tell Daniel that since the first day he opened in his mouth to pray God heard him. There was a 21-day delay because a dark angel tried to block the response from God but Michael the archangel had to come and defeat him.
The encouraging word that Daniel received ought to bring comfort to those of us that have been praying during these 40 days of prayer.
1. “As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:” Daniel 9:23 NIV
As soon as we pray God releases a word in response to our prayer. When we receive the word we have to consider the word and understand the vision. God can send the word in your prayer time. He can send the vision in the form of a dream or he can send the word through the preacher on Sunday but you have to consider the word! Take time to listen for God’s response. Get quiet and wait on his response.
2. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. When we set our minds to gain understanding and humble ourselves in prayer God hears our prayers. The act of prayer is a catalyst for God’s revelation to be released. Denzel Washington told a group of college graduates, “I hope you put your slippers so far under your bed every night that you have to get on your knees to get them and pray while you are down there, thanking God for another day!”
3. God sends messengers or angels in response to your prayers. Sometimes it can be a heavenly messenger or an angel. The thing about angels is that we might not know they are angels. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it (Hebrews 13:2)! Sometimes the angels are the pastors God has placed in your life to instruct you. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15
God hears your prayer the first time you opened your mouth. He has sent his messenger. If there is a delay wait on him! When you finally get the message consider the word and ask God to give you understanding of the vision.
Thank you for hearing my prayer. Thank you for the angels that you have sent to speak to me and to remind me that you heard my cry. I would have fainted had it not been for the goodness of my Lord sending me confirmation that you loved me enough to hear my prayer. I know that you love us because you heard us. I see you changing things and revealing things. I know that my help is on the way!
In Jesus’ Name!