“How can someone like me, your servant, talk to You, my Lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.”
– Daniel 10:17 NLT
Have you been to the place where crying out to God becomes so hard, so exhausting and so silent that you want to quit? Praying . . . fasting . . . waiting . . . and, nothing happens. There comes a point where the questioning happens . . . Does God care? Is He hearing my cries for help? Do I have the strength to carry on?
The prophet, Daniel knew this kind of anxiety. After recieving insight and instruction from God, the sense and security of God’s presence suddenly stopped. For three weeks, Daniel sought God, but couldn’t find Him.
Finally, a heavenly messenger came to him and 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.” (Dan 10:12 NLT). The delay in God’s response was not an indifferent apathy, but an intentional attack, “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 10:13 NLT)
Weak, weary and worn out, Daniel needed encouragement. “Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said, ‘for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!’ As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, ‘Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.’ (Dan 10:18-19 NLT)
We Are Precious To God. The messenger’s words to Daniel declare God’s love for us. Peter reminds us, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ESV). He loves you. He cares for you. We are precious to Him and He is passionate about us.
We Have Peace With God. Because of God’s grace, we have His peace. Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Rom 5:1-2 ESV). Peace with God and peace from God. Our persistent prayer opens the door to His promised peace. Paul encourages us, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7 NLT)
We Have Power In God. Daniel wrote, “As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, ‘Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.'” The psalmist tells us, “He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm. His faithful love endures forever.” (Ps 136:12 NLT). The apostle reminds us, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13 NLT). It’s God power in me, through me and to me. John Piper writes, “It’s about the greatness of God, not the significance of man.”
Philip Melanchthen said, “Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.”
Have confidence in Him . . . cling to him . . . cry out to Him.