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"If I pray, does anyone care?" We easily think of God in terms of our own experience or attitudes. So we ask if maybe God is too busy, unconcerned, unable to help. As a result we might not bring small needs to him. We might also hesitate with big matters. After all, what if he were not to respond?
In Daniel 10:10-14, the prophet had seen a terrifying vision which he didn't understand. What was he going to do? He prayed for help. However, according to verse 13, there was a delay of three weeks. This is the only place in Scripture where God's angelic servants are hindered.
The answer comes anyway! The angel brought an answer for Daniel. And the answer was in time. It wasn't according to Daniel's plan, but it was in accord with his need.
What do we need to bring before God in prayer? He hears and understands - the big, the little, the in-between. He is ready to hear and answer the prayers of his people. Though God's timing and answer won't always match our desires, he will never be too late. He will always bring us what we need.
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