Psalm 4:1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
Prayer And Praying Men, Chapter 10
“One other incident on the prayer line in the life of this captive man in Babylon. Another
revelation was made to Daniel, but the time of its fulfillment appeared to be far in the future.
“In those days, I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine into my mouth till the three whole weeks were fulfilled.”
It was then that he had a very strange experience and a still stranger revelation was made
to him by some angelic being. It is worth while to read the scripture account:
“And behold a hand touched me, which set me on my knees, and upon the palms of my
“And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I
speak unto thee, and stand upright, for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken
this word unto me, I stood trembling.
“Then he said unto me, Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thy
heart to understand and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am
come for thy words.
“But the Prince of the Kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but lo,
Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I remained there with the kings of
What all this means is difficult to comprehend, but enough appears on its face to lead
us to believe that the angels in heaven are deeply interested in our praying, and are sent to tell us the answers to our prayers. Further, it is very clear that some unseen forces or invisible spirits are operating to hinder the answers to our prayers. Who the Prince of Persia was who withstood this great angelic being is not divulged, but enough is revealed to know that there must be a contest in the unseen world about us between those spirits sent to minister to us in answer to our prayers and the devil and his evil spirits who seek to defeat these good spirits.
The passage furthermore gives us some intimation as to the cause of delayed answers
to prayer. For “three full weeks” Daniel mourned and prayed, and for “one and twenty days”
the divinely appointed angel was opposed by the “Prince of the Kingdom of Persia.”
Well was it for praying Daniel that he had the courage, fortitude and determination to
persist in his praying for three weeks while the fearful conflict between good and bad spirits was going on about him unseen by mortal eyes. Well will it be for us if we do not give up in our praying when God seems not to hear and the answer is not immediate. It takes time to pray, and it takes time to get the answer to prayer. Delays in answering prayer are not denials. Failure to receive an immediate answer is no evidence that God does not hear prayer. It takes not only courage and persistence to pray successfully, but it requires much patience. “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage; and he shall strengthen thy heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.” E. M. Bounds, Prayer And Praying Men
“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” Oswald Chambers
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
Adrianus Valerius 1575-1620
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.