We are continuing with the subject of the importance of prayers; call it a series or continuation of what we have discussed so far.
You know the Bible records that there is this descendant of Judah, the son of Jacob, named Jabez. The Bible says his mother had named him Jabez because she gave birth to him in pain. My guess, when Jabez realized that his name, the meaning of his name caused him pain in life, he cried out to God, another translation says, he prayed to God, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And the Bible says God granted him his request. In fact in a different Bible version and translation 1 Chronicles chapter 4 verse 10 says Jabez prayed “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain. And God granted his request.”
God answers prayers. Imagine if Jabez didn’t believe in God and that He answers prayers, perhaps he would have continued to live a life of pain, continued to fall in the pit of troubles all his life. And I’m sure his mom didn’t intentionally wanted Jabez to go through pain in his life, she named him Jabez because she gave birth to him in pain, and she didn’t know the meaning of his name would come to affect him in his life later on.
The good thing about life is that God can change our destinies. It doesn’t matter your past was, God can change our lives and give us new names and new identities that will burry all the ugly stories associated with our backgrounds. That is what God did for Jabez when he prayed. The Bible says Jabez was more honorable than his brothers (1 Chronicles 4:9). How did he become more honorable? The Bible continued saying “His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”
There is this wonderful story in the Bible in the book of Daniel chapter 10 that shows God answers prayers, but sometimes prayers can be delayed because of the so many reasons. Perhaps things like evil spirits, our pride, doubt, maybe our wicked ways or evil intentions, and et cetera could be standing on our ways, blocking our prayers.
Sometimes it can feel like God is not answering our prayers, but truth is there are some orchestrations going on behind the scenes, there are some angels who are fighting on behalf of us behind the scenes that we don’t know about in order for us to receive the answers to our prayers. And that’s why we experience delays to our prayers.
The Bible records in Daniel chapter 10 that “In the third year of the reign of Cyrus, king of Persia, Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) had another vision. It concerned events certain to happen in the future: times of great tribulation—wars and sorrows, and this time he understood what the vision meant. When this vision came to me (Daniel said later), I had been in mourning for three full weeks. All that time I tasted neither wine nor meat, and, of course, I went without desserts. I neither washed nor shaved nor combed my hair. Then one day early in April, as I was standing beside the great Tigris River, I looked up, and suddenly there before me stood a person robed in linen garments, with a belt of purest gold around his waist and glowing, lustrous skin! From his face came blinding flashes like lightning, and his eyes were pools of fire; his arms and feet shone like polished brass, and his voice was like the roaring of a vast multitude of people. I, Daniel, alone saw this great vision; the men with me saw nothing, but they were suddenly filled with unreasoning terror and ran to hide, so I was left alone. When I saw this frightening vision, my strength left me, and I grew pale and weak with fright. Then he spoke to me, and I fell to the ground face downward in a deep faint. But a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And I heard his voice—“O Daniel, greatly beloved of God,” he said, “stand up and listen carefully to what I have to say to you, for God has sent me to you.” So I stood up, still trembling with fear. Then he said, “Don’t be frightened, Daniel, for your request has been heard in heaven and was answered the very first day you began to fast before the Lord and pray for understanding; that very day I was sent here to meet you. But for twenty-one days the mighty evil spirit who overrules the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the top officers of the heavenly army, came to help me, so that I was able to break through these spirit rulers of Persia. Now I am here to tell you what will happen to your people, the Jews, at the end times—for the fulfillment of this prophecy is many years away.” All this time I was looking down, unable to speak a word. Then someone—he looked like a man—touched my lips and I could talk again, and I said to the messenger from heaven, “Sir, I am terrified by your appearance and have no strength. How can such a person as I even talk to you? For my strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.” Then the one who seemed to be a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “God loves you very much,” he said; “don’t be afraid! Calm yourself; be strong—yes, strong!” Suddenly, as he spoke these words, I felt stronger and said to him, “Now you can go ahead and speak, sir, for you have strengthened me.” He replied, “Do you know why I have come? I am here to tell you what is written in the ‘Book of the Future.’ Then, when I leave, I will go again to fight my way back, past the prince of Persia; and after him, the prince of Greece. Only Michael, the angel who guards your people Israel, will be there to help me.”
Daniel prayed and fasted for 21 days, and the angel said from the first day, Daniel prayer was heard in heaven and was answered the very first day he began to fast before the Lord, and that very day the angel was sent to meet Daniel but for twenty-one days the mighty evil spirit who overrules the kingdom of Persia blocked the angel’s way. So Michael, the angel who guards the people of Israel, the top officers of the heavenly army had to come and help the other angel to be able to break through the spirit rulers of Persia in order to come to Daniel.
In fact the Lord Jesus said in heaven we have angels who have constant access to God. These angels to my understanding they are our guardian angels who are supposed to watch over us. In the book of Matthew chapter 18 from verse 1 to 14, it records that “About that time the disciples came to Jesus to ask which of them would be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven! Jesus called a small child over to him and set the little fellow down among them, and said, “Unless you turn to God from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore anyone who humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And any of you who welcomes a little child like this because you are Mine is welcoming Me and caring for Me. But if any of you causes one of these little ones who trusts in Me to lose his faith, it would be better for you to have a rock tied to your neck and be thrown into the sea. “Woe upon the world for all its evils. Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but woe to the man who does the tempting. So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. Better to enter heaven crippled than to be in hell with both of your hands and feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. Better to enter heaven with one eye than to be in hell with two. “Beware that you don’t look down upon a single one of these little children. For I tell you that in heaven their angels have constant access to My Father. And I, the Messiah, came to save the lost. “If a man has a hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others and go out into the hills to search for the lost one? And if he finds it, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine others safe at home! Just so, it is not My Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.”
God appointed angels to assist us and to make sure the answers to our prayers are being delivered to us. These angels fight our battles that we may not even know about in the realm of the spirit. This is why we should be thankful to God all the time, because we don’t know how many dangers we escape every day by the grace of God. We don’t know how frequently these angels are fighting for us behind the scenes.
So these are just a couple of examples that show God answers prayers especially if we pray according to His Will for our lives, and for things that do not contradict His Word and teachings.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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