Daniel 9 is the last recorded answer to one of Daniel’s prayers. Valuable insight into answered prayer will be gained through this article.
Concerning Daniel’s answered prayer, notice that the answer was prompt and immediate: Listen to Daniel’s prayer.
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
Daniel in his intensity and fervor begs and pleads for an answer. This is the type of prayer that God hears (See Psalm 22:19; Psalm 40:17; John 4:49)
The answer to this prayer was immediate. Please read Daniel 9:20-21.
This rapid answer to praying is seen in the lives of other biblical characters as well. See Isaiah 65:24; Genesis 24:12, 15
The angel Gabriel told Daniel something very profound that you and I need to meditate on.
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
WOW! Someone can be greatly beloved by heaven? There was something about Daniel’s lifetime of humility, his fervent spirit, and commitment that made him a favorite of heaven....a very precious treasure to the Lord. And this is why God sent one of His mightiest angels personally to answer this prayer (Daniel 9:21).
It seems that angels are instrumental in assisting in the answer to prayers (See Hebrews 1:14; Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:43; Psalm 91:11-12).
Remember, Hezekiah prays and the angel destroys the Assyrian army. Cornelius prays and God directs him to send for Peter to preach the Gospel to them. The church at Jerusalem prays and the Lord sends an angel to deliver Peter from Prison.
Just because angels are generally invisible makes their mission no less real or important. Elisha prays and God opens the eyes of his assistant to the mighty host of angels that surrounded them!
Notice next concerning This answer prayer of Daniel that the answer comes differently than Daniel expected. Daniel may have pictured in his mind how God could answer this prayer to visit the Jews and restore them from their captivity, but I imagine that he never considered that he would have a heavenly visitor to reveal the answer to him and so much more.
God Can, and I believe desires to, give us our request and go far beyond it in His answer.
Jeremiah 33: 3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Daniel prayed that the Jews would be forgiven and restored…and that the sanctuary would be restored in Jerusalem. God answers Daniel’s prayer, but He goes far beyond that. God also reveals His kingdom program under the 70 weeks of years imagery.....laying out the future plan until Messiah should come! God often Goes beyond, in His answers.... that’s why He is God. He is generous. Remember Solomon. He asked for wisdom, and God gave him wisdom but also riches, honor, and fame!
Next, notice that the answer to this prayer comes as a direct result of Daniel’s character, behavior, and his relationship with God. The Grace of God is obviously at work here in answering Daniel’s prayer, but there was something special about Daniel.
Good Character and Actions are rewarded. Daniel was a man greatly beloved. Did you know that our prayers are answered on the basis of how “greatly beloved” we are (Consider Psalm 34:10; Psalm 84:11; Proverbs 28:10. Peter seemed to understand this concept in John 13:21-25).
Faith, love, humility and obedience are the graces that make one more greatly beloved of heaven and more greatly blessed by God.
Unbelief, anger, pride, and disobedience are the sins that make one an object of God’s corrective love…that is His discipline (I John 3:22; John 15:7).
Bad Character and Actions have their reward. See what Jeremiah says….
23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
We all need to read Galatians 6:7–8 again. This generation wants all the blessings without any of the responsibility....They want to live anyway they want and expect God to bless them….
But here is what the Bible says!
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: But the prayer of the upright is his delight.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear me: