As we proceed into day 12, I want to continue to encourage you to make special time, maybe even some extra time, to pray and seek the face of The Lord. Often, we can get into routines in life, even with fasting, that cause us to pass over the true blessings that come. I remind you, fasting is never mentioned in the Bible without prayer, humility, and repentance unless it is demonic fasting. Try fasting a little sleep in the morning and getting up a little earlier to spend special time seeking The Lord.
We do not realize the true power we have here on earth. Originally, dominion of the earth was given to Adam. Adam forfeited this power to the enemy when he sinned in the garden, but Jesus gained the power and authority back after rising from the dead. Through Him, we now have all power and authority in heaven and on earth. Because of this, we have the ability to empower angelic forces. Let’s take a look at this passage:
Daniel 9:3-4 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,
Here, Daniel has come before The Lord in repentance, humility, fasting, and prayer. He is crying out for revelation for what is about to happen to him and his people. He comes in the right way with a humble heart and begins to seek God. Vs. 5-19 record his humble prayer of repentance for his people even though he is probably the most faithful and righteous of his people at the time. He owns the sin of his people, confesses it, and repents. Immediately following this, an interesting thing happens.
Daniel 9:20-21 Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God, 21 yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.
Gabriel, the messenger, comes to deliver the answer to the what Daniel is seeking. What I would like to point out is the passage being caused to fly swiftly, some translations may say extremely exhausted. Whatever is taking place in the Heavens, we find out later there is war taking place in the spiritual, Gabriel is worn out. However, he is caused to receive strength to bring that which Daniel is seeking. Daniel is not praying to empower the angelic, but his prayers of humility and repentance, aligned with the heart of God, give the angelic messenger strength to bring forth that which he was praying for.
Do your prayers empower the angelic? Are you seeking God with humility and repentance?
You the child of God have special access to The Father. You have the right to come boldly before The Throne of Grace. You have been given every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm. However, you cannot obtain these by works or spiritual pride. You must come humbly in repentance, fasting and prayer to receive all that The Father has for you. I will leave you with this scripture to reflect upon:
James 5:16 The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].
Humility, repentance, fasting, and prayer should be part of the lifestyle of the people of God. As we walk out this lifestyle, our prayer will be heartfelt and persistent and we will truly be the righteous believers we were called to be. Our prayers have great power and are empowering the angelic for the work they were designed to do.
Jesus, I desire to come to You continually with a heart of humility and repentance. Because of Your blood, I enter boldly into Your presence and receive the power and authority that has been given to me. Help me to live a lifestyle that will allow You to release the angelic to work in my life.
- Commit some extra time to seek the Lord during The 40
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal specific areas, for you to bring before Him in confession and repentance.
- Ask Him for wisdom, understanding, revelation, and might.
Be blessed to continue to walk in a lifestyle of humility and the heart of God. May you forever be empowering the angelic as you come boldly and rightly into His presence.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!