Fr. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for our Hope Foundation, a non- profit organization dedicated to "spreading the Good News" by educating others about Jesus Christ. His new homilies are posted each week.
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• The vision of the messenger was so overwhelming, it nearly made Daniel faint. Daniel was emptied of all of his strength, but God transferred his strength to him through the messenger. God equips us for what he calls us to. He was getting Daniel spiritually and physically ready for the truth he was about to reveal through this fourth and final vision. • Once again, we see evidence that God hears our prayers. The messenger said to Daniel, “For from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words” (vs. 12). • Dee Duke once said, “Almost everyone believes that prayer is important. But there is a difference between believing that prayer is important and believing it is essential. "Essential" means there are things that will not happen without prayer.” Daniel clearly believed that prayer is essential, that things will not happen without it. • The messenger was trying to get to Daniel to reveal the truth of the vision, but he was delayed for 21 days in a spiritual battle. “If once the curtain were pulled back, and the spiritual world behind it came to view, it would expose to our spiritual vision a struggle so intense, so convulsive, sweeping everything within its range, that the fiercest battle fought on earth would seem, by comparison, a mere game.” Abraham Kuyper • God equips us for this battle, giving us all the armor we need. Read Ephesians 6: 10-20, and also Romans 8: 38-39! • In seasons of trials, what disciplines are you practicing that enable you to walk in obedience to God? What disciplines are you neglecting now that God might be calling you to revitalize? • What do you spend time praying for that is outside of your own personal needs or beyond the boundaries of your lifetime? • How does this chapter cause you to fear less as you consider the hard parts of your life and uncertain aspects of your future?