Let’s Look Closer: This chapter is an introduction to the vision that Daniel will experience in the following two chapters. It explains the impact of Daniel’s prayers and lets us know that delays in receiving answers are typical, given the conflict in the spiritual realm. In Daniel, angels have names like Gabriel in the previous chapters and Michael in this one. They not only deliver messages but can also become involved in the conflict.
Takeaway: It's essential to see what our prayers can do. We can unleash powerful forces we cannot see. We are very precious to God, and He loves to hear from us. He longs to deliver us from danger and to help us not be afraid. How often do we become worried instead of praying? How often do you look for human solutions instead of deliverance by God? Prayer is our greatest weapon and puts our problems in the context of eternity!