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Encouragement For Intercessors

Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand and to humble thyself before thy God and thy words were heard: and I am come for thy word’s sake.

Daniel 10:12

There is much that is strange and mysterious about this incident in the life of Daniel that great statesman, saint and prophet. He was an old man of eighty-nine. Seventy-three years had passed since his deportation from his beloved his beloved land Judah. Two years had gone since the imperial monarch, Cyrus, had permitted the faithful remnant of Israel to return to Jerusalem. For some reason or other, Daniel began a season of special prayer.   What particular petition he offered we know not. Maybe he was praying for the remnant on receiving a report concerning the difficulties they were meeting in the rebuilding of Jerusalem. And the restoration of their national life, and probably he desired to know what would befall his people in the future. He had been engaged in earnest and persevering prayer and for three weeks before an answer came. Though no doubt puzzled and bewildered at this long delay, the aged prophet continued his supplications. Then a vision was granted. “A man” appeared. Comparing Daniel’s description of the appearance of this person with that given by John in Revelation 1, we are bound to conclude that it was the Lord. Daniel’s servant that were with him “Saw not the vision, but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.” Leaving their master alone. The effect upon God’s aged servant was overwhelming. “And Daniel also saw the vision . . . . and there remained on strength in me: for my comeliness was turning in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.” But in his fear and distress the Lord spoke this most comforting and cheering “Fear not,” which is bound to be an inspiration to all the Lord’s praying people.

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