Psalms 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Your life can feel as though each day is filled with darkness cast upon you as you “walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”
But there is light…
This light overwhelms the darkness “I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.“
How do you get such a light?
A light so overpowering that it forsakes evil.
A light so brilliant it envelopes you in protection as you trespass through this valley.
There is one magic word.
Daniel prayed and God answered him but Daniel did not like the answer he received. Daniel 10:16
“Then one who looked like a man[b] touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak.”
Daniel was walking through the valley of the shadow of doubt, but unlike many Daniel did not send his vision away.
Daniel raised his voice to the one who looked like a man, and continued to welcome Him and listened to His message, for Daniel “will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.“
And the vision said to Daniel…
10:20 “So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; 21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince.”
But I pray… and I pray… and I pray…
yet my answer seems to never come.
Why is it me that God has abandoned?
Why will he not respond to my prayers?
My prayers are time sensitive?
Am I not special enough to be considered?
I don’t understand how God can do this to me?
How can God leave me waiting so long?
It is too late as God did not answer my prayers in time….
We left Daniel facing a vision. He was weak, trembling, and seeing a person talking to him; though nobody else could see this person. So was he real or a hallucination of all that Daniel’s body was suffering. That is the earmark of debate cast by cynics – Daniel was dehydrated, ill, and suffering from hallucinations. Those whom believe respond with it was God’s answer to Daniel’s fervent prayer, a vision not a hallucination.
Are you cynic or believer?
Do you believe prayer works
a product of dehydrating your physical being of all
nutrients to maintain, sustain, life?
Where are you on this path?
Work, work, from morning until late at night. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer. ~ Martin Luther
Three hours? Three weeks?
Daniel did not cease. He stood near the cross (a cross in his heart and mind, not a physical specimen but one projected of prayer) until the Lord God almighty came to him, and spoke.
15 While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless. 16 Then one who looked like a man[b] touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. 17 How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”
18 Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. 19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”
Have your eyes opened whilst laying on your bed of thorns and your brain begged them to close again? For you do not want to wake this morning because your visions are filled with trepidation, displeasure, challenge, struggle, strife…. You just do not want to deal with the drama TODAY!
And God … touched me and gave me strength. 19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”
How do you get this message?
Our God is an awesome God….
I am having the hardest time writing this morning because all my head keeps reverberating is, “God is an awesome God…” I love it yet it is so frustrating.
The essence of meditation is a period of time set aside to contemplate the Lord,
listen to Him, and allow Him to permeate our spirits.
~ Charles Stanley
When we pray we expect immediate deliverance from God, but why?
Your son asks for a cookie how often do you say, “Just a minute.”
Your daughter shrieks, “You promised to take me on a bike ride an hour ago,” with which you respond, “I’m very busy but almost ready.”
Your boss asked for that report yesterday but you don’t have it finished yet.
Your spouse wants to eat dinner at 5pm and now it is 6pm.
We do things on our time
so why would we expect
to be any different.
So, do we stop praying because he doesn’t answer us on our time?
Is that four-letter word, “amen“, just not working for you anymore?
Have you hung up your line of communication to God?
Daniel never did
The following quoted material is shared from… http://www.truthnet.org/Daniel/Chapter10/
“Daniel Chapter 10 is an introduction to Daniel’s fourth and final vision. Daniel’s fourth vision is spans chapters 10 to 12. This section of Daniel takes place in the final stage of Daniel’s life, when Daniel is well into his 80’s.
Chapter 10 also removes the veil off the angelic and demonic struggle for nations. Here we see the power of prayer in conjunction with God’s plan and purpose. The “Prince of Persia” is demonic force preventing a message from arriving to Daniel, who has been praying for 21 days. The message, which follows is Daniel11:2 to 12:4.”
Yes, as I said before, there is more… much more… to Daniel’s story than confronting a lion. He too had to invoke the power of prayer. He too used his humbled voice to say “amen” with each and every declaration.
You know that Daniel mourned for three weeks (21 days), and you know that he ate no celebratory food nor did he anoint himself. What Daniel did do was …
10 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.
12 Then he continued, “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. 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 to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”
Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. ~ Corrie Ten Boom