Angels and Their Ministry To Us
I cannot speak for the Body of Christ as a whole for I honestly do not know. However, as a Christian or believer in Jesus Christ who has been saved for almost 20 years, I can say that I have hardly heard any sermons or teachings on angels. In my lifetime as a believer, I have maybe hear one specific sermon on angels every two to three years. On that note, I would like to take this time to bring light on important figures in our faith known as angels in matters of prayer, rescue, and bringing messages.
When People Pray
The first characteristic of angels I would like to speak about are their connection to our prayers. Luke chapter 22 verse 43 speaks of how when Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, an angel showed up to strengthen Him. In Daniel chapter 10 verses 5 through 13, an angel appears to Daniel with a response to his prayer. In Luke chapter one verses 10 through 13 while worshipers were praying outside during the hour of prayer, an angel appeared to Zechariah and told him that his wife would have a son; a message regarding the birth of John the Baptist.
Angels as Protectors
Next, I would to speak on some occasions when angels appeared to rescue or protect God’s saints. First, in Daniel chapter 3 verse 28, we are shown where an angel showed up to rescue Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace which they were thrown into for not bowing down to worship king Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold. In the same book of Daniel, later in chapter six verse 22, the prophet Daniel is rescued by an angel from being eaten by lions while he was in the lion’s den. In Exodus chapter 23 verses 20 through 21, God tells Moses He is sending an angel ahead of him and the Israelites to guard them along the way and to bring them to the place He has prepared for them.
Angels as Messengers
Finally, but never the least, I want to speak about angels as messengers. In Matthew chapter one verse 20, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream letting him know to not be afraid to take Mary home as his wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. This is in reference to Jesus being born of a virgin, who was Mary, Joseph’s wife. In Genesis chapter 18 verses two through 10, three angels appear to Abraham to tell him that his wife Sarah will have a son. In Judges chapter six, verses 11 through 12, and angel appears to Gideon to tell him that he is a mighty warrior and the Lord is with him.
Of course, there are many more stories of angels throughout the bible showing up around prayers, to rescue saints, and to deliver messages. There are also other forms of angels which I am purposely not mentioning in this segment as I do not want to confuse anybody. However, it is important to know that angels are always watching over us and can bring us prophetic messages, comfort, or protection as it is all apart of God’s will.