January 16, 2019 | By David Kubal, President/CEO Intercessors for America
Before the 2016 election, there were many prophetic words that the 45th president of the United States would be a type of Cyrus, as described in Isaiah 45:1, 4:
This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: “ . . . I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me.”
We find more about Cyrus in Daniel 10, as Daniel describes a revelation given to him in the third year of the reign of Cyrus, king of Persia (verse 1). Today, we are in the third year of President Trump’s presidency. Verse 2 tells us that Daniel fasted and mourned for three weeks. This is often called the Daniel Fast—during the First Friday Prayer Conference Call on January 4, 2018 I called IFA intercessors to a 21-day (three week) fast for our nation.
Verses 4 and 5 of Daniel 10 show us that 3 days after Daniel stopped fasting, God gave him a vision of a warrior angel who spoke these amazing words:
Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. (Dan 1-12-13)
In these verses we see that fasting prayer dispatched heavenly warriors and that the spiritual battles we face as a nation are territorial.
Let’s look also at what the angel spoke to Daniel in verses 18-19:
Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”
The teaching from this chapter for us today is powerful. Daniel committed to 21 days of fasting and on the first day spiritual warriors were dispatched. This warrior was restrained for the length of the fast, 21 days. On the last day, Michael was sent to break the restraint, which is a breakthrough. After 3 days of spiritual breakthrough, this warrior appears to Daniel to provide strength and wisdom.
Then the warrior angel told Daniel that he must return to the battle, and he added, by the way, that another powerful, territorial angel would be coming.
Fasting changes things. It supercharges our prayers and releases spiritual powers behind the scenes. Victories are won.
We must realize that reigning with Christ through intercession is a marathon and not a sprint. Territory is taken and maintained through prayer. We cannot give up or give in—we must press on and press in to God, through fasting and prayer.
Let’s fast and pray with expectation that breakthrough is about to happen and that every purpose God has for President Trump would come to pass.