Daniel 10 is a fascinating study in prayer. Daniel receives a prophetic vision so disturbing he asks God for further understanding. Eventually an angel brings a response in verse 12: “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”
This angel left with God’s answer when Daniel first started praying but the passage says he was delayed three weeks by the demon (prince) of Persia. This points to a stunning spiritual truth: Satan has the ability to delay God’s answers to our prayers; God has allowed him that ability. Why?
How does this glorify God? Perhaps God allows this because it FORCES us to press in and pursue Him more. That appears to be Daniel’s response in verses 2-3: “At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.”
It’s probably safe to assume this period for Daniel involved intense prayer and pursuit of the Lord. Any delay in God’s responses should produce the same reaction in us! It should create a greater need, desire, and pursuit of God. I believe that’s at least part of God’s desire in allowing Satan to interfere in our prayer life.
Let us heed the command to “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thes. 5:17) It’s possible the answer is already en route. Ultimately, Satan cannot stop God’s will from being executed.