12 … “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. 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. ” Daniel 10: 12-14
Have you ever tried getting water from a knotted hose? You will likely not get what you expect, even though the other end is properly connected to our water source. When we untie the knot, we often experience a sudden gush from the water that had been held back by the knot. The fact that water does not surge from a knotted hose does not mean there is no connection to the water source. Daniel had done what He needed to do, but the prince of the kingdom of Persia had, as it were, put a knot in the pipeline, causing the response to be delayed for three weeks after it was sent.
The passage above is a snapshot of an encounter Daniel had with “…a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.” Daniel 10: 5-6. This messenger had come to deliver an answer to Daniel’s prayer. He confirmed that Daniel’s words had been heard from the very first day. From the Scriptures, we see that Daniel did what he needed to do. He had been properly connected, but he experienced delay anyway.
Like Daniel, we may be waiting on the answer to prayers, but just as Daniel was assured that His words had been heard the first day, we can have the assurance that God every prayer! He knows what we will say long before we even form our thoughts. We do not always get the answers right away, but Psalm 139:4 tells us that He knows what we will say even before we say it. He hears our prayers!
Sometimes the answers come immediately in a way that we expect. At other times, we experience delays. Some delays can be so long, it would appear that we have been denied. We may not all experience the kind of spectacular vision Daniel saw, but there is a peace that comes when we know God has spoken. His delay may just be a delay, or it may very well mean denial, but we can trust that the One who knows us inside out is well able to satisfy our requests.
Inventory/Introspection: How do I respond when God delays / denies the requests I make of Him?
Personal Application: I will choose to trust His direction when the answers don’t come the way I expected them, or even when the answers don’t come at all.
Father, we are thankful that You hold every moment in Your hand, and that not one second of our lives will ever pass by without Your knowledge.
Help us to trust Your heart enough to know that whether you respond with delay or denial, You are doing what is best for us. Give us strength to persevere in the days when we don’t get what we hoped for, or when nothing seems to be working out the way we planned.
May we never waver in our faith in You and what You are able to do. May our thoughts be filled with the wonder of who You are, and may You flood our hearts with memories of how You saw us through previous difficult times.
We choose to trust Your guidance and ask You to lead us in our low moments. We choose to remember and thank you for the times You brought us through circumstances that seemed impossible to live through.
Our hearts may ache but we will give You all the glory, whether You choose to delay or deny that which we ask for.
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