Relax, Daniel,’ he continued, ‘don’t be afraid. From the moment you decided to humble yourself to receive understanding, your prayer was heard, and I set out to come to you. But I was waylaid by the angel-prince of the kingdom of Persia and was delayed for a good three weeks. But then Michael, one of the chief angel-princes, intervened to help me. I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia. And now I’m here to help you understand what will eventually happen to your people. The vision has to do with what’s ahead.’
This passage is a wonderful teaching on prayer and shows us the direct hinderance Satan can be in our lives. Daniel had fasted and prayered for twenty-one difficult days. As far as we can tell from the biblical account, the difficulty came not because Daniel was not a good person nor because his prayer was not right but because of a special attack fron Satan.
The Lord had sent His angelic messenger to tell Daniel that his prayer was answered the moment he began to play, but the good angel was hindered by an evil angel who met him along the way and wrestled with him. This conflict occured in the heavens, yet Daniel experienced the same kind of conflict here on earth as he agonized in prayer.
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,… and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”(Eph.6:12). Satan’s attack and the ensuing struggle delayed the answer three full weeks. Daniel was nearly defeated, and Satan would have been glad to kill him, but God would not allow anything to come upon Daniel beyond what he could bear.
Many prayers of believers are hindered by Satan. Yet you do not need to fear when your unanswered prayers are piling up, for soon they will break through like a flood. When that happens, not only will your answer flow through but they will also be accompanied by new blessings. Hell works the hardest on God’s saints. The most worthy souls will be tested with the most pressure and the highest heat, but heaven will not desert them.
My week has been coupled with attacks on my character and peace and my prayers have seem as if they are not getting through, but this word is for times like this. I have not surrendered 80% to His care, but 100% to Him who is able to present me faultless and keep me from stumbling and falling. Be encouraged my family of believers!!!!