Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. 13 But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels,came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. (Daniel 10:12-13).
Are you ready for your coming turnaround? Learning to wait is part of the deal if we want to receive what is rightfully ours in Christ. The Bible interpretation of waiting is not the common cliche it is often perceived to be, but a pursuit of intimacy with the Lord. Intimacy with the Lord is a cure for the constant noise in our soulish realm. When we wait right we are able to hear the still small voice of the Lord. As the good shepherd the Lord wants to lead and guide us to good pasture. (Psalm 23). In Hebrews 12 vs 1 the Bible says, we need to lay aside unnecessary weight of sin that readily clings and entangles us, holding us down and preventing us from running effectively the race set before us. The weight of sin will keep us down and prevent us from mounting up like eagles in life. Waiting time helps to subdue the flesh and allows the Life of Christ in us to emerge and soar.
Abraham, Joseph, David and others waited before receiving their promises. One common theme in the Bible about these people is that, they were not perceive waiters but they were very active spiritually. Their relationship with God was not casual but they were faithful and committed in their walk with God and because of that, the evil one could not touch them. In Psalm 17 vs 12, David said, “the devil is like a fierce lion waiting with greed to consume his prey” but because of David’s intimacy with God the devil could not harm him.
Waiting is not passive but pressing in with endurance. From the opening Scripture, we can see that, from the very moment Daniel prayed God released an angel to deliver the answer to him, but in the spirit there was a war going on to prevent Daniel’s breakthrough. And if not for his willingness to wait and his persistence in prayer the demonic forces would have prevented his breakthrough. Daniel pressed in for 21 days with prayer and fasting before he saw the victory in his situation. His consistent ‘prayer arrows’ penetrated the heavens and disarmed the forces of darkness working against him. Intimacy with God and persistent prayer life is the key that keeps the heaven open on our lives. I believe there are things God has promised you too in His Word, and like Daniel, and many other examples in the Bible, I want to encourage you today that your waiting shall not be in vain. Delay is not denial. Beloved, God will make a way for you too in due season as you hold on to the His promise for you.
Prayer Confession:Heavenly Father, I surrender myself spirit, soul and body. By faith I embrace a new attitude as I wait in the spirit. Jesus you are my shepherd, let my soul be still to hear your still small voice in my spirit. I cast down vile imaginations and everything that exalt itself against the will of God in me. Lord lead me to the green pasture you have prepared for me.. Thank you that my head is anointed and you have prepared a table for me in the presence of my enemies. My night of mourning is over. I cancel the mindset of failure and disappointment.The Lord has not forgotten me. As I wait i shall not be weary but I shall receive new strength from above to mount up as the eagle. With the strength of Christ I can do all things. In jesus name. Amen.
Reflection: "Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.They will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40: 30-31).
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