We’re in a season when everything is just about to change. Can you feel it?  

Prophetically speaking, it is time to start ushering in a new move of God—similar to what Daniel did as the time of Israel’s captivity drew to a close.

Daniel was about 13 years old when the Babylonian army attacked Jerusalem the first time. Four young men from Judah of royal blood—Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah—were among those taken into captivity. The king of Babylon told Ashpenaz, head of the palace staff, to get some Israelites from the royal family and nobility—young men who were healthy and handsome, intelligent and well-educated, good prospects for leadership positions in the government—and indoctrinate them in the Babylonian language and the lore of magic and fortune telling. 

The king then ordered that they be served from the same menu as the royal table—the best food, the finest wine. After three years of training, they would be given positions in the king’s court. 

But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet. (Dan. 1:8 MSG)

For 70 years, Daniel, his friends, and the rest of the captured Israelites lived in slavery in Babylon. The children born to these families didn’t know anything except slavery in the Babylonian empire. They had never seen Jerusalem or any other part of the Holy Land; God’s laws were forgotten and His people acclimated to the culture of the country. Babylon even trained them to forget their language. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were given new names as Babylon tried to draw them into its pagan culture. 

That isn’t very different from what we’re living in today, is it? A lot of us know only what the world has taught us. We’re more familiar with the culture of the day—pornography, addiction, gender issues, and a general lack of knowing our identity—than we are with the cross and the power of Jesus’s blood to set people free. It’s almost like these things are completely missing in today’s culture. 

Many of our children are growing up in the shadow of outside influences that tell them what “ordinary” life looks like. They’re being subtly brainwashed into believing the dominant culture is normal, just like what happened in Daniel’s day. 

Change Is COMING!

But one day when Daniel was close to 83 years old, he had a terrifying vision of things to come and his heart quickened within him. 

In the third year of King Cyrus of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. The word was true, and it concerned a great conflict. He understood the word, having received understanding in the vision. (Dan. 10:1 NRSV)

He also realized Israel’s time of captivity was about to end. He learned from prophets before him that Israel’s captivity would last 70 years—the length of time he’d spent in Babylon.

Daniel began to fast and pray and ask God to do what He was planning on doing. We know from the story that for 21 days Daniel didn’t hear an answer—but then an angel showed up. 

Like Daniel, we’re being invited to know the times and seasons we’re living in. The moment Daniel began to pray, things were set in motion, but continuous intercession was needed to enforce the breakthrough. 

The process of spiritual warfare started with Daniel humbling himself and seeking God’s plan for the nation. This sacred combination—humility and seeking God’s plan—is the foundation for prayer in our generation as well. 

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. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. 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.” (Dan. 10:12–14 NASB)

Something in the heavenlies didn’t want God’s people to be set free, and the same is true today. We’re in a season of epic change—but we cannot ride on the laurels of passivity! Following Daniel’s example, we need to begin to turn our hearts to the Creator and ask what His dream is. 

And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.” (Dan. 10:10–12 ESV)

We can pray, “Father God, what are You dreaming? We want to come into alignment with Your dream! We want to follow Your desire for family and intimacy and relationship with humanity!”

God longs for family and for the lost ones to come home. His heart is filled with compassion for those who are confused and heartbroken—captives who don’t even realize they’re captives. He wants them to step into the beautiful freedom found in Him, where they have eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart that turns to the Lord, so it can be healed (Isa. 6:10). 

That’s what we’re looking for!

Get Ready for What God’s Doing!

Instead of sitting down on the knowledge that these times are coming, we need to respond the way Daniel did. 

If you’d like to learn more about the story of Cyrus and how God released His people out of captivity exactly 70 years to the day, click here to check out our video series on this topic. 

It’s time for the men and women of God to recognize what’s happening in the spiritual realm and begin to fast and pray—because the moment of awakening is here. 

Elijah House Invites You to a Fast

We’re inviting our friends and family to join us in a 21-day fast during the month of September for the purpose of praying for this special season. 

We want to partner with whatever is happening in the heavens to awaken people out of the muted-ness of slavery and into the desire to hear God’s voice, so they can become everything they’re meant to be—that’s the key to what’s happening right now. 

A Few Thoughts on Fasting

A true fast should draw us, as the people of God, to have clean eyes and clean ears and a heart that perceives, because when we have those things, we turn around and are healed. That’s the promise He makes us. 

Each of us knows what holds us back and keeps us from that level of intimacy with God, where we’re able to hear and see the way we need to. The kindness of God draws us to His heart. 

For these 21 days in September, fast whatever is taking up valuable space in your eyes, ears, and heart—the things you know are drawing you away from deeper intimacy with God. Those things need to go, so you can see what He’s doing and love others the way He desires. 

Get ready. We’re about to see God do something incredible! 

By Rochelle Holben 2 comment


comments (2)

  • Debbie McKinniss

    I read this yesterday, just after our staff prayer time focused on praying the prodigals home. The Lord touched us powerfully on Sundsy as we prayed the same during worship. The atmosphere indeed feels pregnant. Joining you in 21 day fast.

  • Roslyn Mckenna

    Wow, what a great article. So informative of the time we are living in.

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