10 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision. 2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. 3 I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. (Daniel 10:1-3)
12 “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. (Daniel 1:12)
A Daniel fast is a very good way to get into the spiritual discipline of fasting. It has many health benefits as well.
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; (Daniel 10:13)
Who would come against an angel of the Lord; certainly not a man; it had to be a demonic entity referred to here as a the ‘prince of the kingdom of Persia.’
and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me (Daniel 10:13)
Notice, this scripture says, “one of the chief princes’ came to the help of the Gabriel the angel of God who was detained by the demonic entity called the ‘prince of the kingdom of persia’
‘one of the chief princes’ that means ‘Michael’ was one of the chief princes. In other words there were others besides Michael. Michael is often referred to as an Arc Angel. That means there are other Arc Angels in the government of God.
It is important to note that Daniel is nowhere portrayed as praying to or commanding angels. His prayer is directed to God alone who in turn, it would appear, commissions His angelic hosts to engage in the conflict.
As I have spoken to many elders in remote villages who have often spoken of demonic entities that have been sometimes seen in the night moving over a particular area. Various times a year these demonic entities are supposed to be appeased if they were to live peacefully in that geographical area. This brings strong credence to the fact that there could be demonic entities assigned by satan to areas, localities, cities and even nations and continents.
Ezekiel 9:1 speaks of angels being in charge over a city. The LORD has assigned His angels over a city and the enemy has his dark angels assigned trying to subvert the plans and purpose of God.
16 And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, “My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. 17 For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.” 18 Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. (Daniel 10:16-18)
Prophet Daniel had not strength left in him on account of his intense spiritual encounter. However, the moment the angel of the Lord touched him supernatural strength came to him and he was strengthened. One touch from God can strengthen you.