I wonder if you have ever prayed for something and waited for the answer? Daniel once was in a difficult place and praying to God. He was feeling discouraged and he was filled with sorrow. He had been praying and fasting for three weeks when he had a vision. It says in Chapter 10 and verse 4 that “as I was standing on the bank of the great Tigris River,5 I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist.6 His body looked like a precious gem. His face flashed like lightning, and his eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people.”
Nobody else saw this but Daniel did. Read it today for yourself. One thing I noticed in the story was how Daniel was changed. When he saw the vision it humbled him and he found himself face down on the floor. Verse 10 says that when he was his lowest the man touched him and lifted him up. He was then told that when he prayed the answer had been dispensed by God but there was a spiritual struggle and for 21 days the angels of the Lord were in battle with darkness. Daniel could not say a thing. The man touched his lips this time and he began to speak.
17How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.”18 Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning.
19 “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!”
Touched by an angel Three times!We know from scripture that Daniel prayed three times a day. We see in this story that he was touched by an angel three times, each time with a purpose: peace, encouragement and strength.
Sometimes it feels like prayers aren’t heard but I assure you that if Jesus is your Lord, the moment you pray the answer is given. God’s timing kicks in and there may even be some spiritual struggles taking place in the heavens that must be fought. But the answer will come. I am praying for my own three touches by an angel today! I believe that the Lord cares about what we need and as you and I humble ourselves this just might be the day when we find peace that goes beyond understanding, that our hearts our encouraged and fear is eliminated and divine strength takes over our weakness. You are very precious to God!