Do you believe that your mourning matters to God? In Daniel 10, we see that God cares about our mourning and hears our prayers. Here is a quick summary of Daniel 10 and what we can take away from it.
*This post is a summary of Pastor Bobby’s sermon on 8/7/2022. You can find the sermon video below.
In chapter 10, Daniel goes into mourning for three weeks after seeing a vision of a great conflict. During this time, he sees a vision of a man clothed in linen with a gold belt. The man’s description is similar to one we find of Christ in Revelation. Upon seeing Him, Daniel’s strength leaves him and he falls into a deep sleep with his face on the ground.
Then a hand touches Daniel and he hears a voice. The being speaking to him at this point is likely an angel rather than Christ himself. He tells Daniel that he is greatly loved and that his prayers have been answered by God. The angel ministers to Daniel and gives him a renewed strength.
The angel also gives Daniel context about the visions he’s seen that have troubled him. He tells him that there is a spiritual battle going on behind the scenes and he gives him a new understanding.
The angel’s words in this chapter indicate that there are territorial demons, and that Satan has an organized system to suppress the truth and frustrate God’s people. It’s important that we’re aware that there is a spiritual war going on all around us. We don’t need to be afraid but we do need to be aware of Satan’s schemes and put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17).
This chapter also shows us that our mourning matters to God and that our prayers make a difference! The angel comes to Daniel and ministers to him, renewing his strength and encouraging him. In our lives, God might send angels in the form of friends, family, and other believers who minister to us and help to renew our strength.
In times of mourning, press into prayer. You could also journal, speak with others, and talk to God about how you feel. Trust that God is fighting on your behalf and using the great conflict to refine and purify you.