You Are Gaining Traction

Written by Justin Maslanka

…Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. 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. Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come. Daniel 10:12-14 (NLT)

We are now heading into the 4th quarter of our 40 Days of Prayer. This is where games are won or lost. WITH JUST 10 DAYS LEFT, IT’S TIME TO DIG DEEP AND FOCUS YOURSELF AS WE BELIEVE GOD FOR BREAKTHROUGH IN OUR MIDST!

No question – by now there are some who are really hitting their stride and others who don’t feel like anything seems to be happening.

What the enemy doesn’t want you to know is that if you are praying at all you are gaining traction. Often in seasons of prayer we feel like not much is happening, when in fact, our faithfulness is paving the way for a moment of faith to arise where God will move in power. Sometimes answers have even already been given, but there is a battle that is playing out for that answer to make its way into your hands.

In ancient Persia, Daniel found himself in such a moment. Praying and seeking God for three weeks there seemed to be no breakthrough, when all of a sudden, an angel of God showed up and began to speak to him.

What this angel had to say is quite telling as it pertains to the spiritual battle that is playing out in the unseen realm. “Since the first day you began to pray…your request has been heard.” This probably seemed like a shock to Daniel. My guess is the angel told him this because there seemed to be much resistance to Daniel’s prayers. Angels don’t waste words; Daniel’s experience was such that he would have had a tough time believing the answer actually went out 21 days earlier. Nevertheless, it did.

So, what happened? Well according to this angel, on his way to deliver Daniel’s answer, he was resisted by a demonic prince who “blocked” his way. Daniel of course had no way of knowing this, but his persistence in the area of prayer paid off, because the arch-angel, Michael, was sent to fight against the demonic spirit that was holding up his answers.

When the angel showed up he let Daniel know about this struggle taking place behind the scenes. I wonder what insight you would gain by having a glimpse behind the scenes?

So, is it possible that an answer can go out from heaven and yet somehow we experience delay in receiving that answer? Welcome to spiritual battle, where the enemy resists and holds out as long as possible and where we must stand in faith to believe God even when it seems like our prayers aren’t accomplishing much.

If you’re praying at all during this time, you’re gaining traction. In fact, heaven may have already sent answers to you that haven’t made their way into your hands. Time to press in to release what the Father has declared for our churches and families.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

The enemy is already defeated, but we must “fight the good fight of faith.” If we don’t grow weary WE WILL REAP A HARVEST! The enemy’s only hope is that we will cease to persist because it seems like our answer will never come. Don’t fall for that one again; breakthrough is just over the horizon.

Time to put your game face on. We are in the 4th quarter of our 40 Days of Prayer. Your appointed time of harvest is coming and Jesus will get all the glory!

2018-05-16T14:24:22+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Church Planting, Leaders|