12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. - Daniel 10: 12-13. NKJV
So in our men’s group at church, we are reading a book called Waking the Dead, by John Eldredge. Pretty good book so far. He talks about the realities of spiritual warfare and how it relates to us. Of course, Pastor Phil has been preaching on dangerous prayers on Sundays, which I love. And, of course, it strikes me how the two are going to come together. If I’m going to pray dangerous prayers and ask God for more of Him in my life, someone else is going to be upset and try to disrupt that. But it didn’t always strike me how that would happen. Most of the time we see it as a direct attack on ourselves. I do so many times. But then I read what John Eldredge talked about in Chapter 2 of his book, and then I went to Daniel 10 to see what he wrote.
I was awestruck.
There have been quite a few times where I would pray and feel like I never get an answer, or that it would take a while to get an answer. And many times I write that off as God’s timing. That may or may not be true. But Daniel prayed and God dispatched an angel on the first day. Something stood in the way of that angel for 21 days. 21 DAYS!!! And even further, he had to have help from an archangel, and not just any archangel, but Michael, to overcome the prince of the kingdom of Persia.
I tell you what, I read that part of Mr. Eldredge’s book over, and over, and even again. It floored me. I’ve had experience with spiritual warfare, but I never considered this. This text just further showed the extent to which spiritual warfare can affect us. Literal battle. It became real.
But then set in some things that I hadn’t considered even more.
What about all those times I thought God wasn’t answering me, or maybe even ignoring me. That’s a question of faith. God is faithful, and we know that to be 100% true, but still I let my faith waver even a little. God sends an angel, and though it might take a while, I begin to question God’s actions. That’s my faith, not His.