THURSDAY, JUNE 14
“But I am poor and needy;
yet the Lord thinketh upon me …”
COMFORT AND ASSURANCE
Daniel’s experience reminds us of the Apostle Paul’s on the Damascus road. There the Lord appeared to him as a bright light from heaven and spoke to him, but his companions hearing a voice, but seeing no man, stood speechless with fear (Acts 9:7, 22:9). Daniel’s companions saw not the vision but shaking with fear they fled to hide themselves (Dan 10:7).
For Daniel, the voice of God and the vision were so overwhelming that all strength and courage drained from him, and he collapsed with his face toward the ground. Such a deep and acute consciousness of the holiness and power of God is what the lukewarm Christian sorely needs today. It will surely drive him to his knees in humble contrition of heart, and purge all self-sufficiency and pride from him.
Daniel 10:10 reminds me of the hymn by Charles Gabriel: “In loving kindness Jesus came. My soul in mercy to reclaim; And from the depths of sin and shame, Through grace He lifted me! From sinking sand He lifted me, With tender hand He lifted me; From shades of night to plains of light, O praise His name, He lifted me!” To the fallen Daniel, the Lord stretched out His hand, touched him, and lifted him upon his knees and hands. Then came words of comfort and assurance. Read Daniel 10:11-12.
“… thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words” (Dan 10:12). If only the same could be said of our prayers! But we fear, some of our prayers do not even rise to the ceiling. But for Daniel’s, God heard and honoured his prayers. He first sent an angel Gabriel. Now, He sent the Lord Jesus. What a man! Daniel’s prayers were in the spirit. He prayed toward Jerusalem (i.e. with heart turned to God’s holy throne). He knelt three times a day. He prayed and gave thanks, always (Dan 6:10). Then Daniel made prayer
and supplication, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes (Dan 9:3). Then the Lord came to him with comforting words and a reassuring touch.
THOUGHT: Why are my prayers so powerless?
PRAYER: Lord, grant me power in prayer.