“Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words (Daniel 10:12, NKJV).”
Job hunting has changed considerably over the years. I recall a time when you could enter an establishment, meet the manager, present yourself and actually get a job within a day or so. For the most part, those days are gone. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been told to “apply on-line,” I wouldn’t need a job to meet my financial obligations. On one hand, we live in a microwave society–we create faster and faster speeds from cars to computers; and on the other hand, for those seeking employment too often we’re made to “hurry up and wait” after jumping through all the hoops just to apply for a posted position. All the money spent on perfecting one’s resume doesn’t seem to earn a sufficient return on the investment.
Sometimes, we feel the same way when it comes to our prayers. Most of us are not fans of waiting. The longer we wait, the more inclined we are to think God hasn’t heard us. Fortunately for us, Daniel’s experience (see above) should encourage us as we wait on the manifestation of the requests we make to God. The messenger told Daniel it was because of his prayer that he had been sent. The encouragement lies in this fact: God heard Daniel’s prayer the first time he prayed.
On a related note, we should be most encouraged by knowing that God observes our words. Wouldn’t it behoove us to observe His? What would happen if we spent more time taking Him at His word instead of fretting over possibilities that may never become realities? What would happen if, from the moment we heard His word, we only believed and set our heart to expect the outcome He promised? I’ll tell you what would happen…we would experience greater peace and less stress-induced illness–among other benefits!
Therefore, whether you’ve prayed for a job, a spouse, a child, national relief or personal healing, endure the wait. How Daniel presented himself–seeking understanding with humility and reverence–is an example to the rest of us. We can have confidence in knowing our prayers are heard and the manifestation is on the way.
I challenge you to follow the example of Simon Peter who responded to Jesus’s instruction, “nevertheless at Your word I will… (Luke 5:5).” Or, even the example of Mary who responded to the angel’s news of her conception, “Let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).” If God responds to our words, shouldn’t we have the courage, faith and willingness to do the same in return? I do. What about you? -WordsInPrint by Suni
Closing prayer: Adonai Roph’ekha, Lord who heals: Cause sickness and distress to lose the address of Your children. Keep us mindful that our bodies are the Temples of Your Spirit–and, as such, let wisdom reign in our decisions. Cause us to replace unhealthy choices with healthy ones. Let us rest in knowing You’ve heard and the healing we seek has been released into the earth. In Jesus’ name we pray, believing the things we ask we already have. Amen.
Edited; First published March 22, 2011 as FB Note.