Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Casual Prayer?

Here is an interesting tidbit from the book of Daniel, chapter 10:

Daniel 10:13, "But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia."

Boy, would I love to see the film clips of that battle! There also seems to be a correlation between Daniel's time of self-denial and prayer in verse 3 of this chapter and the duration of the battle. But I wonder ... Why did God allow such a conflict? He certainly could have blasted away at any demonic opposition which dared raise its head! Shazam! I think it shows the need for persistent prayer (Luke 18:1). In any event, obviously prayer has reverberations way beyond what we see here on earth. I have to wonder ... Did Daniel ever pray casually again after learning about this? I think not ...

1 comment:

Ben said...

I believe that there should be nothing called casual prayer. Its true that sometimes prayer can be a sigh.. but even in that sigh we have to be trusting in God completely. Otherwise there is no difference between praying for something and hoping for something.