May 26, 2022

When Deliverance from God is Delayed

Read Daniel 9:1-27 or key verse below

O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. (9:22-23 ESV)

Studying Daniel 9:1-27

Daniel was in prayer for the nation of Israel, praying for their release from captivity. As he studied the writings of the prophet Jeremiah, he saw God’s plan which included both captivity and deliverance. What Daniel read caused him to approach the throne of God boldly, asking God to grant early release for the Israelites. God responded to Daniel’s prayer by sending the angel Gabriel with a powerful message: God had heard Daniel’s prayers, and he was greatly loved. in addition to this God wanted Daniel to know his promise to his people would be fulfilled but it would take time. Their deliverance was assured, but they would still need to wait a while longer.  

Sometimes God lets us know there will be a delay in the fulfillment of our prayer request. As you study and meditate on this passage from Daniel today, can you recall a time where you had to wait for the fulfillment or actual manifestation of your prayer request to reach you? Perhaps, the message God sent Daniel through the angel Gabriel might serve as confirmation or be comforting and reassuring or inspire you to keep praying, trusting, and waiting in God. In any delay whether it be in response or action from God we can know we can trust him to be working or have already worked things out on our behalf. God feels the very same about us as he did Daniel; we too are greatly loved by him. As we study this portion of Scripture we can be reassured about God’s plans and faithfulness. He does not forget us nor turn his back on us. If we need any kind of deliverance, God is sure to come to our rescue us; the length of time is secondary. If God delays for any time he has a greater purpose than we can see or know but it will always work for our good and his glory.

Meditating on Daniel 9:1-27

As you read Daniel 9 today, you may be moved or touched by certain parts or words. Are you inspired to meditate on the message as a whole? Dos god’s tenderness toward Daniel touch you especially? Is there something that makes you feel a deep connection to Daniel and the way he prayed for his people? Remember, studying the Scriptures inspires us to examine the details and meditating helps us make what we read and study part of our heart and can be transformative.    

Praying Daniel 9:1-27

“O God we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. We pray, “O Lord hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake. O God our God hear our prayers and answer us without delay because we are your people, called by your name (Dan. 9:18-19). Amen                  

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