The Answer to Your Prayers Really is…On the Way!

Daniel 10:12-13: Then he said to me, "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding {this} and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words

 

"But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.

Daniel was in trouble.  He desperately needed answers and protection from God.  He was in an emotional and physical state of emergency.  And God waited twenty one days to answer his prayers?

Wow.  I read these verses years ago and I never forgot them because they spoke faith and hope into my soul.  I never forgot the words but at times I have forgotten to draw on the strength that they bring when I have felt desperate for answers.

Do you see it?  When we are praying desperately for an answer and the answer doesn’t come right away, that doesn’t mean that God hasn’t heard or that the answer is not on the way.  It seems to us like the answer should come because things around us are getting more desperate or more confusing.  But our God knows the perfect timing for the answer to arrive.  He knows when the answer will impact the full picture, not just our need for relief!

Let’s say that you have a child who has had extensive surgery on her leg and is not allowed to put any pressure on it yet. She is in excruciating pain but it is too early for pain medication.  Just released from the hospital, she is snuggled under her blankets in her favorite chair suffering, waiting for you to bring her meds.  She has been begging you to give them to her early, but the next dose is not due for an hour. Her little brother is looking on, wondering why she is crying and wondering why you don’t do something to help her.

It is hard not to give in to her need for pain relief but you know the overall consequences to her body and her emotions if you give the meds too soon.  These meds are powerful.  So you wait.  You hurt while you wait, she hurts while she waits and her little brother’s dark eyes reflect confusion and doubt.  Your husband left for work early and you suspect it was because his heart was breaking.  The whole household is affected but the obvious answer is to wait.  It doesn’t feel like the obvious answer to your daughter and it doesn’t look like the obvious answer to your son.  It causes you pain.  Yet, you wait. 

You have the meds on the counter, with a cold glass of water ready for the clock to read 12:47, but you wait.  An hour later, at 12:46, you gather up the medicine and the water and you head for your daughter to answer her cries for help because you know this is the ultimate time, the most beneficial time, the safe time.  Your son sees that you waited and finally senses that it had to be done this way.  You know that you did your best for both of them.  Everyone gains.

Daniel prayed.  God immediately heard.  He was ready with His “cool glass of water and meds” the minute Daniel asked for relief.  In fact, he sent help the moment Daniel began praying.  Still, the answer was delayed for twenty one days.  When our answers are delayed, even for much longer than twenty one days, I hope we remember to think of Daniel and draw strength from the knowledge that God is not ignoring us.  He knows.  The answer is on the way!