Again Daniel was touched by a hand and his mouth was opened. But we find he complains that he has no strength to speak or to even hear the Word of God. Daniel 10:17, 18, 19 So, he receives this third touch from the hand of the angelic being. Finally he now feels that he has been strengthened. He looks at the angel and asks him to speak.
Yes, God still speaks in various ways. He still hears our prayers from day one, too. Don't make the mistake of thinking God can't hear. Isaiah 59:1 God has strong hands. Psalm 89:13 Has God told you something you don't think you want to hear, or that you don't think you have the strength to hear? It will be ok, because He is strong enough. Daniel 6:16 Yes, Daniel. Your God will deliver you from the mouth of the lions, too. Here just four chapters before Daniel's prayer and fasting vigils that resulted in the three touches from the angel of the Lord, here in chapter six we see that Daniel was thrown into a den of lions. You would think that a man who could sleep in a lion's den would not be afraid to speak to angels.
And, how did God save him from the mouths of the lions? Daniel 6:22 I wonder if Daniel saw the angel. I mean, sometimes you can be aware of angelic presence without seeing them with your eyes. And, sometimes we speak of angels of God protecting us because we speak from faith rather than sight.
Daniel would be considered spiritually strong by most christians, based on his lion's-den faith. But, he professed to being weak later. The fact is certain spiritual battles leave us temporarily weakened, like fasting, for example. Sometimes we are weakest after an extended fast. Sometimes we just feel weak in proportion to the job we see before us. Whatever the cause, there are times we all feel weak. There are times we feel empty and spiritless.
In Ezekiel 37:1-2 the prophet Ezekiel tells of a time he felt the hand of God carry him to a dry place, and set him down in the midst of dry bones. I have written a new piece called Restored Bones about Ezekiel on my Sunrise Scriptures site. Yes, these bones were symbolic of his people, the Israelites. He saw his people as dry and spiritless. Dead! Even the bones were separated from each other. The dryness was symbolic of both a lack of life and a lack of the Spirit of God. Israel was scattered in exile, like those bones. But, worse yet, they were spiritually dead.
God asked Ezekiel if he thought those bones could be revived. Ezekiel 37:3, 4, 5 Ezekiel answered that God knows. God then instructed him to prophesy to the bones that God would cause them to breathe again. Ezekiel 37:7-8 The preacher preached and things started shaking, but there was still no breath in those weak bones until the Spirit moved. Ezekiel 37:9-10 Wind is symbolic of the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost began to move on that weak, dry flesh. Notice that the result was "an exceeding great army." Wow! That's strength! Soldiers are strong enough to fight battles.
The Spirit of God is the source of our strength. The Spirit of God will revive you and strengthen you. That's why we feel such a connection to God. We are connected through the Spirit. When I am weakest, then I am strongest because it is His Spirit that moves me. 2 Corinthians 12:10 We have this access... Ephesians 3:12-13 "...faint not..."
If you are connected to the source of the Spirit, then you have access to a greater strength. You won't faint in trials. You will find strength to stand... when you thought you were weak. If you are feeling any weakness, I pray God breathes strength into you.