In the 10th chapter of Daniel, he was at the end of a fast, where he had been crying out to God for three weeks. He had a heavy burden on his heart for God’s people. He knew the end of their captivity was drawing to an end, but he also knew that their hearts hadn’t changed much.
I think this is the same burden many intercessors are feeling in this time. We sense the end is drawing nearer, and yet the hearts of so many people are far from God. They are consumed by fear and self. We too are drawing to the end of this fast we have been on for the last 37 days. Let’s look at the interaction Daniel had with Jesus, whom he thought was an angel. Even though the men who were with Daniel did not see Jesus, they became very fearful and ran away, leaving Daniel all alone. This made Daniel even weaker. Being an intercessor is a lonely place. Many people will agree we need to pray, but not many will make it a priority. Intercession requires people to humble themselves before God to really pray.
Daniel 10:12-19 Then he said to me, "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words... Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future." When He had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. And behold, One who resembled a human being was touching my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke and said to Him who was standing before me, "O my Lord, as a result of the vision anguish has come upon me, and I have retained no strength. For how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my Lord? As for me, there remains just now no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me." Then this One with human appearance touched me again and strengthened me. He said, "O man of high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace be with you; take courage and be courageous!" Now as soon as He spoke to me, I received strength and said, "May my Lord speak, for You have strengthened me."
Humility is key in this season of intercession. We must understand that we have no understanding in ourselves, it will ONLY come from the Lord! We don’t know what is coming, but God does! We must humble ourselves before the Lord and humbly approach His altars. God will supply the strength and understanding we need in this season of our lives. God is relying on His called intercessors to humble themselves before God and come up the mountain to pray His heart! God passionately desires for all mankind to know Him and seek His face. He wants NO one to fall away from their faith!
Just like with Daniel, God will give His intercessors strength and understanding. It will be a supernatural strength beyond our body’s natural strength. It will be understanding beyond our mind’s abilities to understand. God is taking His intercessors to a higher place of trust in God, a deeper consecration, a greater surrender, and a sweeter humility. Do you hear the trumpet calling you to pray? It is an urgent plea! God is calling us to come up His mountain, to a place of prayer like we have never experienced before.