Friday, May 21, 2010

A Prayer Answer Held Up

Good Afternoon Fam,

In what may seem like a continuation to yesterday's post, I wish to talk about the devil's angels once again.  I think it merits discussion to know that not only are there evil angels but to know they do serve a purpose in going against the will of God (at Satan's direction).  Without further adieu, let's go to Daniel 10:10-14.
(10) A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. (11) He said, "Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you." And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. (12) 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. (13) But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. (14) Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come."
Alright, so here we have Daniel who had lifted up his prayers to the Lord. An angel has come to answer Daniel's prayers, but notice something here.  The angel said that Daniel's prayers had been heard but he had been held up for 21 days trying to get to him to give him an answer.  What in the world could hold up one of God's angels from carrying out their duties....survey of Satan's angels!

In verse thirteen, it references the prince of the Persian kingdom is what resisted him.  One thing to note is that a man (you and I) cannot war with an angel who is spiritual, so the prince is not mortal.  Thus the prince here was an angel in opposition of the angel sent by God.  It was not until Michael, an angel (referred to as one of the chief princes), came to his aide that he was able to get to Daniel with the answered prayer.

I once did a WFTD that talked about God going silent and prayers seem like they are not being answered.  Well today, I also want to offer you an alternative explanation as to why a prayer could be held up.  There is a battle going on that we do not see and while we may feel abandoned at times, there are still angels out there who are on the side of Christians.  Ephesians 6:12 says, it best:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Know that your prayers are not mere words falling on deaf ears.  There is a war going on and anything to get you to believe that God is not able to answer you is a victory for the enemy.  You keep sending up the same prayers and eventually you will get an answer.


Antoine E. Hall


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