Friday, September 10, 2010

War in the Heavenlies

"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.  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."   (Daniel 10: 12-13, NIV)

If you have read Frank Peretti's books, "Piercing the Darkness" and "This Present Darkness", the above incident reminds me of his writings.  Even though Peretti's books are set in novel form, the spiritual application, much like what is found in Daniel, is used in his books.  Here we find that an angel has appeared after Daniel has been on a fast and prayer vigil for three weeks.  The angel explains that he had been fighting on Daniel's behalf, in an attempt to bring an answer to Daniel's prayers.  But, the prince of darkness had detained him until Michael, another angel, shows up to help.    

Do you ever feel like Daniel must have felt?  You have prayed.  You have fasted.  But, it all seems to be of no avail.  The answer is not coming.  What else must you do?  Don't lose hope!  An answer is on its way.  May not be today.  May not be tomorrow.  But, rest assured, there are angels working and interceding on your behalf.  They are "warring" in the heavenlies as they fight the enemies of darkness.  Spiritual warfare is going on.  Continue to cry out to God.  Continue to seek His face.  Cry out America!  The battle is on!!  

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