“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)
Many times, it may feel as if our prayers are not being heard, that perhaps they are falling on deaf ears. The book of Daniel highlights prayer as being habitual in the life of Daniel, so much so, that he also got into trouble for it. In Daniel chapter 10 a few key aspects of prayer are revealed to us.
The context of the above verse from Daniel 10 is that an angel is speaking to Daniel in a vision after Daniel had set out to pray and fast for three weeks over a matter that troubled him.
This verse highlights the following:
- Our prayers are heard immediately – the angel that was sent to give Daniel an answer, highlights that though Daniel did not receive an immediate response, his prayers did not fall on deaf ears, but were heard immediately.
- God is moving – when Daniel prayed his prayer was answered and the angel sent to him, however, the angel was delayed in reaching Daniel highlighting that we may often be unaware of what is taking place in the spiritual realm when we pray.
There is a story of a man who was shipwrecked. After days of calling out to God to rescue him, he decided to build himself a shelter and he began fending for himself on the island. Some time had passed when, on one occasion, he went out fishing and when he returned, found that his shelter was being consumed by a great fire. His immediate response was to turn to the Lord in distress and cry out to Him. He questioned the Lord about why He would allow this to happen. While he was crying out, he saw a huge ship coming his way. He proceeded to yell to try and get their attention. The ship eventually sent a small boat to collect him. Once on the ship, he spoke with the captain and wanted to find out why they came along his way. The captain let him know that they were on their way in the opposite direction when smoke from the island’s direction caught their attention and they decided to investigate it. Had it not been for the fire, this man probably would never have been found.
This story applies to us as well in that God is continually working behind the scenes of our prayers and He works in ways that do not usually fit the moulds that we set for Him. So, be encouraged by the following:
- There is power in prayer.
- Our prayers do not fall on deaf ears.
- God is working!