But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
S. R.: Asia
There is the reality of ongoing spiritual warfare which we often do not notice. Despite Satan’s influences upon the earth, God’s power sustains the universe and He uses the active working of His angels. Christians are also engaged in this battle, and those who do not know Christ are under the influence of demonic forces (Eph. 2:2). Sometimes we fall in this battle because we stray from Christ and fail to take up our spiritual armor. Follow Daniel’s example—keep waiting on God, humble yourself before Him, and remain in constant prayer. When we fall, we are not forsaken by God—but we must repent of our sins before Him and then press on in the battle. Yet, let us remember that unexpected things can happen in this warfare—things we may never be aware of. Daniel, a righteous man, was troubled in heart concerning the future of God’s people. He humbled himself and prayed to God for twenty-one days. God heard His prayer and dispatched an angel to help him, who was then delayed by a demonic being. The devil and his forces are powerful, but God is more powerful—His angel prevailed and then helped Daniel. Then God revealed to Daniel much more than what he asked for. Are there times you feel like God does not hear you? God hears you immediately and will answer prayer, though the answer may seem delayed. Follow Daniel’s example—keep waiting on God, humble yourself before Him, and remain in constant prayer. The battle and warfare rages, so beware of the enemy’s schemes. Trust in the great grace and power of God. Be of good courage! With Christ, we are more than conquerors! (Rom. 8:37).