As we close out the 21 Days of Prayer, I want to encourage you to keep praying, keep trusting, and keep believing. Let these 21 days propel you into a new level of faith in your prayer life. Don’t let this be merely an event that you took part in to start the year. Let it become your new normal.
One of the most low-key, but powerful prayer verses in all of the Bible is found in Daniel chapter 10. At this point in the story, Daniel has been fasting and praying for 21 days. On the 22nd day (yes, after his 21 Days of Prayer had concluded) he had a vision. In this vision, an angelic being sent by God visits Daniel. He is terrified at first, but once he gathers himself, he begins to listen to the words that were being spoken. In Daniel 10:12, Daniel says, “Then he said to me, ‘Don’t be afraid, Daniel! For from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come because of your words. However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia resisted me for 21 days, but behold Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me because I had been detained there with the kings of Persia,” (emphasis added).
Here is what you need to know today: your prayer was heard the first day you prayed it.
Did you catch that? Daniel prayed on day 1 for something that didn’t seem to come to pass during the entire 21 days. But here on day 22, God comes to tell him that his prayer from day 1 had been heard. And although Daniel might not have seen anything happening, there was heavenly activity happening the whole time. In other words, God was working even when Daniel couldn’t see it.
Here is what you need to know today: your prayer was heard the first day you prayed it. There is much activity in heaven as a result of your prayers. God is working. God is moving. God is directing. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean He isn’t doing it. God is doing more than you can see. Your prayers are working more than you know. So, don’t stop believing now. Don’t give up. You don’t know which day is going to be your “day 22”. Our job is to pray and then keep showing up. It’s God’s job to answer.