September 1, 2019
August 31, 2019
We are all aware of the importance of prayer, but did you ever notice its connection to the activation of Angels, God’s messengers? A messenger is simply one who carries a message. Hebrews 1:14, “for the angels are only spirit-messengers sent out to help and care for those who are to receive his salvation.” Have you considered that angels are on assignment as servants to those who have been born-again? This verse says they were indeed sent to bring messages and do the task of serving believers. Scripture contains several accounts of angels being dispatched because of prayer. The classic example is in Daniel 1:12- 13 “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.” Notice that as soon as Daniel’s words were heard, the angel was sent, but interference detained him. Acts 12:5, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Prayer was happening and then Acts 12:7, “Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.” And then, Acts 12:11, “Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.” My favorite account is in Acts 25: 23-24 ‘ Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.‘ So, in conclusion, perhaps one serious effect of prayerlessness could be the lack of Angels commissioned to help! Let us be encouraged to pray!