Daniel’s 21-Days Fast, The Delay And The Prince Of Persia
Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim
January 12, 2018
I shared the following on Facebook: “Daniel fasted for 21 days, but God answered him the very 1st day. The other 20 days were unnecessary! It’s not always by how long.” Below are two responses to my post:
“God ‘answered’ Daniel the very first day but the answer did not get to him the very first day, it was hanging like a bad network in the air bcos satan was opposing the angel in charge of the prayer…. So the remaining part of the fasting is very necessary…”
“If Daniel had stopped the very first day maybe his blessing will still hang there till now.”
Now, I’m asking the following questions:
1) Was Daniel’s remaining 20 days fast responsible for getting the answer to his prayer?
2) In light of the New Testament, do demons have power to prevent our prayers?
A) WHY THE ANGEL WAS DELAYED
“Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.
In trying to understand this, we must get back to chapter 9:20-23.
“Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God, yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:”
Notice the similarities in the two scenarios:
1) Daniel was fasting and praying in both scenarios
2) God responded immediately he began his prayer and fasting.
The differences in both scenarios:
1) In the first case, in Daniel 9, it was angel Gabriel that was sent, and in the second case, it was an unknown lower ranked angel who was sent.
2) There was no resistance to Gabriel, but the lower ranked angel had to be assisted by angel Michael.
People who have understanding of angels know that they are not all the same: there are the superior ones like Gabriel and Michael who are the most powerful; they are archangels; and there are many other lesser ranked angels.
The reason why the prince of Persia could resist the angel was because it was a lesser ranked angel. That’s the only reason why! Gabriel couldn’t be resisted because he was much stronger.
You have to understand that the devil and demons were once angels, and that they never lost their angelic abilities.
Notice also, that the angel return to continue the fight after finishing with Daniel (Daniel 10:20). If Daniel’s fast had anything to do with the passage of the angel the fight should have ended.
B) CAN OUR PRAYERS BE HINDERED BY DEMONS TODAY?
The Bible is clear on what hinders prayers: doubt, unforgiveness, wrong motives, etc. Demons are not one of them!
The Bible says that at the mention of the name of Jesus every demon must bow! Jesus has given us power to thread upon all the power of the enemy. As a matter of fact, we are seated together with Christ in heavenly places, far above all principalities and powers!
Chinaemerem Ibezim is the pastor of Able Ministers Chapel in Calabar.