Have you ever prayed for something, but it seemed like your prayers would never be answered? You prayed and prayed for days, weeks, months, perhaps even years, yet your prayers did not seem as if God did not hear? I would like to encourage you to take heart! God is answering your prayer, sometimes it just takes time.
If we look at Daniel 10 we find and extraordinary account of Daniel praying for understanding. He tells us that before he received understanding, he was praying and fasting for three weeks. At the end of those three weeks, an angel comes to answer Daniel’s prayer. Look at what the angel says:
“Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia, ” Daniel 10:12-13.
Notice as soon as Daniel began to ask for understanding, God sent an angel to help him. But the angel needed to fight a demonic power in order to get to Daniel. This passage gives a very interesting insight into the supernatural. What is important for us to notice however, is that Daniel prayed until he got his answer. Daniel could not see that the answer was on the way, or that the messenger of God was being withstood, but he kept praying. His prayers resulted in the arrival of Michael the archangel who was commissioned to prevail against the demon. In the end, Daniel’s prayer was answered.
What can we gather from this account? We can learn that sometimes our prayers don’t get answered right away. Sometimes it is because of our heart condition, but occasionally it is because of supernatural activity. The thing to remember is, you don’t know what is going on. You can’t always see how God is working.
I would like to challenge you. Stand in faith when you pray even when you don’t see results. Don’t give up on prayer. God will answer. All you have to do is trust Him, and be obedient to His commands. You may not always understand how God is answering your prayers, but God’s promises still stand: He answers prayer.
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” – Luke 11:9