Daniel 10:11 (TLB) And I heard his voice—“O Daniel, greatly beloved of God,” he said, “stand up and listen carefully to what I have to say to you, for God has sent me to you.” So I stood up, still trembling with fear. 12 Then he said, “Don’t be frightened, Daniel, for your request has been heard in heaven and was answered the very first day you began to fast before the Lord and pray for understanding; that very day I was sent here to meet you. 13 But for twenty-one days the mighty Evil Spirit[a] who overrules the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the top officers of the heavenly army, came to help me, so that I was able to break through these spirit rulers of Persia.
These Scriptures confirm that the Lord honors our fasting and prayers, but do you live with awareness that there’s a spiritual battle waged in heaven by the devil and his evil-doers that impacts what happens on earth? (Ephesians 6:12; Rev 12:7-9) God sent the angel Gabriel to Daniel, but he was blocked by spiritual evil to the point that God’s chief archangel, Michael, was dispatched to intervene.
Thankfully, the devil’s fallen angels are limited by God in what they can do (Job 1:12, 2:6). So while the evil spirit could block the angel who was sent to help Daniel, it could not prevent God’s plan from unfolding.
We must be on guard at all times by putting on the full spiritual armor available from our Lord (Ephesians 6:13-18). Don’t be naïve in spiritual matters; God calls us to become mature Christians (Hebrews 5:12-14) who can wage battles effectively as evil continues to lurch in the world, our country, outside our doors and inside our homes.