God’s Word of Prayer
Daniel 10:1—11:1: Today reading is the first part of the conclusion to the book of Daniel and Daniel’s final vision. The opening verses (2, 3) describe how Daniel has spent three weeks in mourning, abstaining from rich food, meat, and wine. An angel delivers a message to Daniel about future events and reminds him that he is loved by God.
Daniel’s Vision by the Tigris River
1In the third year that Cyrus was emperor of Persia, a message was revealed to Daniel, who is also called Belteshazzar. The message was true but extremely hard to understand. It was explained to him in a vision.
2At that time I was mourning for three weeks. 3I did not eat any rich food or any meat, drink any wine, or comb my hair until the three weeks were past.
4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month of the year I was standing on the bank of the mighty Tigris River. 5 I looked up and saw someone who was wearing linen clothes and a belt of fine gold. 6His body shone like a jewel. His face was as bright as a flash of lightning, and his eyes blazed like fire. His arms and legs shone like polished bronze, and his voice sounded like the roar of a great crowd.
7I was the only one who saw the vision. Those who were with me did not see anything, but they were terrified and ran and hid. 8I was left there alone, watching this amazing vision. I had no strength left, and my face was so changed that no one could have recognized me. 9When I heard his voice, I fell to the ground unconscious and lay there face downward. 10Then a hand took hold of me and raised me to my hands and knees; I was still trembling.
11The angel said to me, “Daniel, God loves you. Stand up and listen carefully to what I am going to say. I have been sent to you.” When he had said this, I stood up, still trembling.
12Then he said, “Daniel, don’t be afraid. God has heard your prayers ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in order to gain understanding. I have come in answer to your prayer. 13 The angel prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief angels, came to help me, because I had been left there alone in Persia. 14I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the future. This is a vision about the future.”
15When he said this, I stared at the ground, speechless. 16Then the angel, who looked like a human being, reached out and touched my lips. I said to him, “Sir, this vision makes me so weak that I can’t stop trembling. 17I am like a slave standing before his master. How can I talk to you? I have no strength or breath left in me.”
18Once more he took hold of me, and I felt stronger. 19He said, “God loves you, so don’t let anything worry you or frighten you.”
When he had said this, I felt even stronger and said, “Sir, tell me what you have to say. You have made me feel better.”
20-21He said, “Do you know why I came to you? It is to reveal to you what is written in the Book of Truth. Now I have to go back and fight the guardian angel of Persia. After that the guardian angel of Greece will appear. There is no one to help me except Michael, Israel’s guardian angel.
1He is responsible for helping and defending me.
Today’s Key Verse: Daniel 10:19
[The angel said:] “God loves you, so don’t let anything worry you or frighten you.”
Reread verses 4-6. What is the vision that Daniel saw? (You may wish to compare this vision with the one described in Revelation 1:12-16). What message was Daniel given? How did he react? What did the angel say to encourage him?
Holy God, whenever my faith is weak, remind me of your love for me. Keep me strong in faith, having a willing heart to serve you and encourage others with the message of your steadfast love and care. Amen.
Habakkuk 1:1-17: The prophet Habakkuk complains to the LORD about injustice.