Daniel 20:12b-14a “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.”
This verse kind of spun me on my butt. This is Daniel whose heart was breaking as people were sinning and turning away from God. He cried out to God and was praying…praying…and praying.
Low and behold if an angel didn’t show up. I don’t know about you but if I was praying, I’d be happy with a yes or no. OK, so maybe a yes, if I was being honest.
The Angel told him basically, “Dude I would’ve been here sooner but I was held up fighting off the evil spirits of the Persian king. Don’t worry though, we’ve got your back. The Big Guy called in reinforcements. Michael showed up and took over for me and now I am all yours.“
Even crazier was the fact that he didn’t even give him a yes or no answer. He just told him how the whole world is going to end. What!?! Talk about a thorough answer!
This got me thinking about my view of angels. I guess I’ve always thought of them as hanging out in heaven and singing Kumbaya, playing a little harp and sitting at the Saviors feet, singing. This verse painted a very different picture.
When I pray, the angels aren’t gently putting their harps down, sticking their mugs of coffee on the warmers and flying down to help. They’re fighting unseen battles. My selfishness says that I am in need of an answer RIGHT NOW. God knows, in his perfect timing, when to give me the answer and what kind of answer I need. I am so stinking impatient! There are other people that are fighting battles that could be a whole heck of a lot bigger. They just don’t feel like it at the time… .
No worries though, He’s got my back. He will show up at the perfect time. I can almost hear Him say, “Hold onto your big girl panties, I’ll be right there.” Can I say that?!?
In my mind I started going over scenarios about prayers that I have that may not be very important. I started justifying why God wouldn’t or shouldn’t answer my prayers. He’s so busy with other battles. Is He too busy for me? But then I remember the story.
“Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard,” and then He wants to answer. If I wasn’t important and valuable to Him, He wouldn’t even be listening. Besides, Daniel got the perfect answer at the perfect time. How can I ask for more?
Until next time: blessings!