How Long to Wait

How Long to Wait

There are certainly some lessons that we can learn from this portion of scripture at the end of the book of Daniel. Here are the things that I see:

• First, Daniel decided to get understanding and to humble himself before his God.
• When Daniel felt afraid, God spoke, and told him to not be afraid, but to be strong and courageous.
• Daniel continued to pray even when the answer seemed to be slow in coming.

Father, I want to learn from the stories you have given us in Your Word. I want to be strong and courageous because You give me strength. I want to be patient as I wait for You to answer my prayers. You are good and faithful, and I love You. AMEN

Some trust in men and systems, but I will trust in the Lord, my God. Lord, You will answer when I call to You for help. Thank You. Psalm 20

 

How Long to Wait

Jean Stephens

08-20-15

Scripture:

10 Then a hand touched me and set me on my hands and knees. I was so afraid that I was shaking. 11 The man in the vision said to me, “Daniel, God loves you very much. Think carefully about the words I will speak to you, and stand up, because I have been sent to you.” When he said this, I stood up, but I was still shaking. 12 Then the man said to me, “Daniel, do not be afraid. Some time ago you decided to get understanding and to humble yourself before your God. Since that time God has listened to you, and I have come because of your prayers. 13 But the prince of Persia has been fighting against me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the most important angels, came to help me, because I had been left there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people, because the vision is about a time in the future.” 15 While he was speaking to me, I bowed facedown and could not speak. 16 Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, so I opened my mouth and started to speak. I said to the one standing in front of me, “Master, I am upset and afraid because of what I saw in the vision. I feel helpless. 17 Master, how can I, your servant, talk with you? My strength is gone, and it is hard for me to breathe.” 18 The one who looked like a man touched me again and gave me strength. 19 He said, “Daniel, don’t be afraid. God loves you very much. Peace be with you. Be strong now; be courageous.” When he spoke to me, I became stronger and said, “Master, speak, since you have given me strength.” 20 Then he said, “Daniel, do you know why I have come to you? Soon I must go back to fight against the prince of Persia. When I go, the prince of Greece will come, 21 but I must first tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. No one stands with me against these enemies except Michael, the angel ruling over your people. (Daniel 10:10-21 NCV)


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