Daniel 10:10-14

The angel explains why God has sent him

10 Then a hand touched me and it helped me to get up. I was on my hands and knees. But my body moved because I was afraid. 11 He spoke to me. ‘Daniel, God loves you very much,’ he said. ‘Listen carefully to what I say to you. Stand up, because God has sent me to you.’ When he said this, I stood up. But I was afraid still.

12 Then he said, ‘Daniel, do not be afraid. You wanted to understand God. You became ready to do what he had decided. As soon as you did this, God heard your words. So I have come to bring the answer to your prayers. 13 The ruler of the kingdom of Persia stood in my way for 21 days. But then Michael, who is one of God's most important servants, came to help me. Until then, I had to stay there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I am here to explain this vision to you. The vision is about future years. It tells what will happen to your people then.’