“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
Patience is truly a virtue. In fact, all of us are patient people until we have to wait for something. I don’t know how it goes with you but there are times when I’m waiting for some thing and time appears to slow down to a crawl. This further exposes my impatience.
When Daniel set out to pray and fast, he was committed to seeing God answer his prayer. On the 21st day, an angel appeared to him and said, “from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard.”
From the moment you committed to fast, God heard your prayer. It was at that point He began to disassemble your opposition, which is hindering your answer.
I know some have received answers to prayers that you’ve been waiting on. Praise the LORD! Some of you are still waiting on God’s answer, keep holding on. What we learn from Daniel 10 is that there is often more happening that we recognize.
“The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days,” Daniel 10:13
The early church understood that prayer and fasting were required in specific cases when prayer alone did not secure breakthrough. We have an enemy that is fixated on tormenting you so that you will abandon your faith. What we need is enduring faith.
You have an enemy, named Satan, and though he is not omnipresent (everywhere) nor omnipotent (all-powerful) he does have an army of fallen angels, referred to as demons. They are committed to defeating you and delaying God’s will in your life.
When our fast is completed, you will have spent 21 days, developing the discipline of prayer. Persevere. Push past the difficulty you’re experiencing and remember, God is at work. There are answers to prayer on the way so press on!