Posted by: learningis4ever | April 22, 2008

Communication is a beautiful thing. . . .

Jim and I were talking while sitting at the breakfast table this morning.  He finally had some questions about the adoption.  I normally tell him what’s going on even before he asks.  Today was a different story.

As we sat discussing things, Jim voiced his concern about what would happen if we were turned down by IBESR. IBESR stands for Institut du BienEtre Social et de Recherches, which is the Haitian equivalent of the department of family and children’s services.  IBESR is responsible for approving each international adoption and ensuring that the adoptive family meets criteria, that the child is eligible for adoption, and that the adoption itself is legitimate, according to Haiti’s adoption legislation of 1974.

That led to a discussion about his concern amid the growing recession about whether he’ll be able to provide for THIS family, let alone another member of it.  It was then that I was able to reveal something that I had been learning about prayer.

I made a discovery about praying in the book of Daniel, Chapter 10.  In that chapter, Daniel had been mourning for 21 days, not eating meat or rich foods, not drinking wine, nor using fragrant oils because of a vision that he had seen.  In other words, Daniel was fasting and praying for understanding.  After 21 days, he was visited by an angel.  Beginning in verse 11, (NLT) the angel said to Daniel, “O Daniel, greatly loved of God, listen carefully to what I have to say to you.  Stand up, for I have been sent to you.”  The angel continues in verse 11, “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 21 days, the spirit prince 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 to you what will happen to your people in the future. . . .”

What?  What had I just read?  There IS a battle that rages in the spiritual realm between the forces of God and the forces of Satan.  Daniel had been praying AND fasting for 21 consecutive days before he received an answer to his prayer.  The angel explained to Daniel that it was his skirmish with the spirit prince of Persia that kept him from coming to Daniel in answer to Daniel’s prayer. Why was this?

Paul answered that question in Ephesians 6:12: “For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.”

That sure explains why Jesus said n Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.”  The Greek tenses in the verbs of this passage actually read, “Keep on asking and it shall be given to you; keep on seeking, and you shall find; keep on knocking and it shall be opened to you.”  So, what Jesus is telling us to do is to pray until we receive an answer.  He goes on to say in verse 8, “For everyone who keeps asking, receives. Everyone who keeps seeking, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who keeps knocking.”

In Matthew 6:9-10, Jesus said, “Pray, then, in this way: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  This tells us specifically that things on earth are not done the way they are in heaven.  There isn’t any evil force in heaven to thwart God’s commands.  But, on earth, it is a different story.  The rulers of the darkness of this world do not want to see God’s prayers answered, and so they fight every angel who comes in answer to our prayers.

We need to be constantly vigilant in prayer until we receive an answer.  It is only when we continue to seek God that we will receive an answer.  WOW! 

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Responses

  1. Very insightful….
    😀

  2. Very nicely worded, however I do ask questions, but I don’t always want to hear the answers.


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