Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 4, 2017

God Is Our Strength & Prayer Keeps Us Near Him

“Do not be afraid, o man highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” Daniel 10:19 (NIV)

Young man Daniel was devoted to God from very early on. Not only was he a man of faith, but he also carried himself well, looked refined, was well educated, spoke with wisdom and tact, ate healthy foods, had a certain facility to learn new languages, and, to top it off, also had a gift for interpreting dreams and visions.

As with most good things (or people), Satan often manages to try and steal God’s precious treasures, such as Daniel, to put to the use of other gods and himself. So, according to Daniel chapter 1, King Nebuchadnezzar, from Babylon, decided to besiege Jerusalem and take with him valuable possessions to beautify his own kingdom.  He ordered his chief of court officials, a man named Ashpenaz, to gather some of the young men from the royal family and the nobility, “young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace.” So, as you can see, Daniel fit the description almost to the dot!

Despite being taken captive and ordered to serve a king that desecrated his people, Daniel did his best to remain faithful to God, by praying and seeking His face for every decision he had to make. We could say his worth came from his knees.

So, when I found myself in chapter 10, reading about the revelation God gave to Daniel concerning trouble for his people, it was not surprising to me that the angel who appeared to Daniel (perhaps the Lord Himself) addressed him as “man highly esteemed.” The vision left Daniel so weak that he fell down to his knees, and he confessed his inaptitude to stand, speak or even breathe. And the angel of the Lord assured him that his words had been heard since the first day he spoke them in faith (yes, God hears prayer!). At that very moment, I was reminded that when we pray, our words NEVER go in vain. The Lord esteems us, and He hears us, as He heard Daniel. He has your back. Stand firm and pray!
 

“Dear God, give us faith like Daniel’s, unrelenting, trusting, and unshakable.”
 

 

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

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