21 September 2011

Reading: Daniel 9-10; Psalm 123; Luke 5


12 Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. 13 But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.” (Daniel 10:12-13 NLT)

Here are some glimpses behind the curtain that separates the earthly and the heavenly realms…
• Daniel prayed and fasted for three weeks and a powerful being from the heavenly realm came in response to his prayer to bring him special revelation.
• Daniel’s request was heard and God responded the first day he began to pray. Conflict in the heavenlies delayed the messenger for twenty-one days.
• There is an archangel named Michael who is apparently specifically assigned to protect God’s people or the Jewish nation.
• The nations (empires) of Persia and Greece also have spirit princes, and they opposed the messenger God sent to Daniel, probably because they opposed God’s people. Do all nations and empires and people groups have spirit princes?
• God loved Daniel deeply and this love prompted his answer to Daniel’s prayer.

I don’t understand all this. It’s from this story we learn some of what we know about spiritual warfare. Much of the theology of territorial angelic and demonic powers comes from this story. We learn that even when God answers prayer, sometimes the answer is delayed because of spiritual conflict in the unseen realm.

Most of the time, I think I would like to know more about this stuff. Then I get glimpses of the weight and responsibility of such knowledge and I think it’s just better to let God decide who knows what. Glimpses of another realm and glimpses of another level of responsibility. May I simply be faithful with what God chooses to reveal to me!


Father, You are an amazing God! Your choice to reveal glimpses of truth and reality in a book of history and stories is hard for my little brain to understand. But I believe you are God and that you are a good and loving God. I believe what you have revealed. I trust you in that which remains hidden. Amen.

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