Daniel 10:12, NASB: "Then he said to me, 'Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words." P. R. They do not realize God as their Father. 10:1 In the a third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing [was] true, but the time appointed [was] b long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. 2. He did not utter prayers for the Church in a mere formal manner, but as we have previously seen, he united fasting with entreaty, and abstained from all delicacies. Perhaps here also. didst set thine heart to understand—what shall come to pass to thy people at the last times (compare Da 10:14). He states his prayers to have been heard from the time of his applying his mind to understanding, and from his afflicting himself before God These two points may be noticed: first, by the word “understanding” the angel informs us of God’s being propitious to the prayers of his servant, because they were sincere and legitimate. Daniel in the meanwhile wrought hard with God, as it is elsewhere said of Jonathan. As a result of the vision and revelation of chapters 10-12, Daniel understood all he needed to know about the future. Its action on SELF. in Daniel 11 a three-sided eschatological conflict between the “king of the north,” the “king of the south” and the papacy. In the war against the hostile spirit of the kingdom of Persia, the archangel Michael came to the help of the Angel of the Lord. He said, 'Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.' The circumstances of the case were such as to make either of these inquiries proper; and the angel now affirms that, from the first day when he entered on these investigations, he was despatched to come to him, and to assure him that his prayer was heard. Thyself, thy capabilities, thy moral obligations, thy spiritual condition. God here says to Daniel, “Thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.” The idea is, because thou hast been disciplining thy soul, I am come to answer thy prayers. It was because Michael was the prince of Israel, i.e., "the high angel-prince who had to maintain the cause of the people of God in the invisible spirit-world against opposing powers" (Auberlen, p. 289); and as such he appears also in Jde 1:9 and Revelation 12:7. And to chasten thyself before thy God - That is, by fasting and humiliation. it is said at the same time that the people, though they be little esteemed before the world, yet cannot be destroyed by the nations of the world. For this reason God did not reject his petitions. Three things are specified in our text. Disquieting and expectorating fears should be laid aside. Reviewing the whole we find in this subject an instructive comment on the gracious assurance that they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 3. This supposition is destitute of support from the Scriptures. This is described in our text. The cause of the delay may be something totally unknown to us; yet although the answer may be delayed, the prayer is always heard immediately." 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