It was a Friday afternoon, my sisters and I sat at the back of our family car, mum sat in front, beside dad, who was driving. We were headed for the Redemption Camp to be a part of the Holy Ghost Congress. As usual, being a ‘Holy Ghost Friday’, there were spectacular traffic jams on most roads leading to Camp, and as would be expected, we got sucked into the jam at some point. Well, we had no choice than to patiently endure the ‘go slow’, while inwardly praying for a quick breakthrough. Somehow, the breakthrough seemed to be taking it’s time and we were already getting agitated because we didn’t want to be so late to Camp. As if the slow drag of traffic was not punishment enough, the car’s engine suddenly decided to ‘take a break’. “What is this?” “God punish satan ooo!” The level of agitation became raised to infinity as dad tried all he could to resuscitate the car and get the engine running before traffic moves. He tried and tried, we prayed and bound the demons, yet nothing! We were stuck and we didn’t know what to do. All of a sudden, a man, a complete stranger, appeared out of the blues and offered to help. In one fluid moment, he simply touched ‘whatever-it-was’ in the engine and voila! The engine was raised back to life….we were free to move ahead…yay! Dad (and all of us) quickly turned to thank the stranger that came to our rescue but he was gone, in a flash – it was as if he disappeared into the thin air, from where he appeared at first.
I believed then, and still firmly do now, that the stranger was no ordinary man, he must have been an ANGEL! I believe God saw our dilemma, and He sent an angel to rescue us. All our human effort to get the engine up and running was to no avail, yet we needed to get out of that ugly situation (you can imagine what would have happened if the traffic eased and we were stuck in line, angry and agitated Lagos motorists would so mob us), and just like that, in an instance, someone came and touched something (that dad must have touched a hundred times, possibly) and the solution surfaced. I am so sure it was an angel!
I believe in the ministry of angels. I believe angels are all around, and they are on assignment to us Children of God. The Bible says, concerning angels, that they are ‘ministering/helping spirits’, and they are sent to serve us! Hebrews 1:14 puts it right:
“Are they not all MINISTERING SPIRITS, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (NAS – emphasis mine)
“Are they not all spirits engaged in SPECIAL SERVICE, SENT ON ASSIGNMENT for the sake of those who are going to inherit salvation? (LEB – emphasis mine)
“Are they not all HELPING SPIRITS, who are sent out as SERVANTS to those whose heritage will be salvation? (BBE – emphasis mine)
“Are they not all angels spirits that serve Him–WHOM HE SENDS OUT TO RENDER SERVICE for the benefit of those who, before long, will inherit salvation? (WNT – emphasis mine)
“What are the angels, then? They are spirits who serve God and are SENT BY HIM to help those who are to receive salvation (GNT – emphasis mine)
“Isn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation?” (MSG)
One thing is perfectly clear from the scriptures above, and that is, “Angels are available and they are at our disposal. They are enrolled in a special task that entails maximum delivery of quality service to us! Alleluia!”
If we look further into the scriptures, we’ll find several Bible characters that enjoyed angelic visitation and ministration. Here’s a catalogue of a few:
*When Daniel was thrown in the den of lions, it was an angel that went and shut the mouth of the lions. Daniel 6:22. Also, when he prayed and his answer was delayed by the Prince of Persia, it was an angel who came to the rescue. Daniel 10: 12-13
*Angels rescued Lot from the sodomites and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 19:10-22
*When satan tried to claim Moses’ body, an angel had to intervene. Jude 1:9
*An angel went before the Israelites in their journey out of Egypt to the promised land. When Pharaoh’s army pursued them, the angel stood between one camp and the other, giving light to one camp (Isrealites) and darkness to the other camp (Pharaoh’s camp) so that the Isrealites could safely cross the red sea to the other side. Genesis 14:19-20
*An angel came to join Joshua and the army of Israel in the battle against Jericho. Joshua 15:13-14a
*Angels heralded the good news of the birth of Samson, John the Baptist, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Judges 13: 3-5; Luke 1: 11-19, 28-35
*An angel warned Joseph and Mary and gave instructions to them about the safety of their baby child, Jesus. Matthew 2:13
*Angels ministered to Jesus after His encounter with the devil in the wilderness of temptation. Matthew 4:11
*An angel periodically stirred, and dropped healing virtues in the pool of Bethesda. John 5:4
*An angel rescued Peter from prison on the eve of his proposed death. Acts 12: 6-11
Angels abound and they have been assigned to help us and serve us in every capacity. We need to know this truth and key into it. When we are fully aware that we have angels at our disposal, we can call for them in impossible situations and put them to use. In Acts 12, when Peter was imprisoned, the saints prayed earnestly for him and I think one of their prayer points would very likely be, “God, please send Your angel to rescue Peter.” In 2 Kings 6: 15-19, when the Syrian army surrounded the city of Dothan, to capture Elisha, Gehazi cried out in fear because he didn’t know the truth about angels on assignment. Elisha had to pray that his spiritual eyes be opened before he could see the thick angelic presence around them. Elisha put the angels to use, and the captors became captives!
What’s your situation? You can call for the service of an angel. God said He’d give His angels charge over us, so that we don’t fall victim of any unfortunate situation (Psalm 91:11-13). Calling for an angel does not connote praying to an angel. We ONLY pray to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. We don’t pray to angels because they are assigned to serve us, but we can command their attention for an intervention. This realisation, that we have the host of heaven at our beck and call, should keep us peaceful in the face of turmoil.
“The angel of the Lord surrounds those who fear Him and delivers them.” Psalm 34:7 (ISV)
“For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear Him.” Psalm 34:7 (NLT)
AyotundeElegbeleye 2015 (Originally written for ThyPreciousJewels)
Jesus is LORD!