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Faith in the Battle: Hope in Times of Spiritual Struggle


When Leanne first began working in a ministry to urban children in impoverished neighborhoods in Philadelphia, she quickly found herself utterly exhausted physically, emotionally, and spiritually. “I thought I could just show up with love and good intentions. I had no idea about the toll of violence, abandonment, and poverty in the lives of these children. I realized that I needed vigilant prayer support in order to make it through from day to day. It was a spiritual battle.”

In our passage today Daniel was overwhelmed by what he saw. The terror was so great that those who were with him fled and Daniel was left alone, deathly pale and helpless, eventually falling asleep on the ground. Coming face to face with an angel, as described in verses 4 through 6, was frightening!

Throughout Scripture, the first response of those who come into contact with heavenly beings is usually one of fright and terror at the majesty, splendor, and awe of their presence. The angel usually has to comfort the witness, as he does here, touching Daniel and encouraging him to stand up. The angelic being describes a battle with the prince of the Persian kingdom who detained him for three weeks. At that point, Michael came to his aid and he was able to bring the message to Daniel.

As with many truths, there are two potential dangers when it comes to the reality of spiritual warfare. There are those who make every struggle a spiritual battle and give too much credit to evil, while others ignore the forces of evil, much to their own peril. Either extreme misses the importance of placing our trust in Christ and His power over Satan and death while acknowledging the reality of a spiritual battle that rages around us.

Apply the Word

We may not always have insight into the spiritual warfare around us, but we can always be faithful in prayer, especially for those who are serving the Lord in challenging places. If you or your church support missionaries or Christian workers, spend extra time in intercession for their strength, encouragement, and success in proclaiming the Word of God.

BY Eric Johnson

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