We read about angels in the Bible. As believers, we know that what happened then can and does still happen now. This knowledge leaves us wondering when and if we can see angels in our own lives. The good news is, yes, you can. However, you need to know a few important things first.
Understanding Angelic Intervention
The first thing you must understand is that there are many different angels. Each of them has different attributes and assignments. The three primary functions of angels in the Scriptures include:
- Their first and most important ministry is to praise and worship God. (Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created. – Psalm 148:2, 5)
- They’re also called to render service to those who will inherit salvation. (And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.- Hebrews 1:7, 14)
- They also excel at obeying and performing God’s Word. (Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. – Psalm 103:20-21)
You’ll see these angels at work throughout the Bible. Some of the passages in which we witness angelic intervention through intercessory prayer include:
- Two angels speak of Lot’s urgent situation (And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; – Genesis 19:1)
- An angel appeared to Peter while he was in jail (And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. – Acts 12:7-10)
- Daniel spoke to an angel in his time of need (Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. – Daniel 10:12-14)
To see this same angelic intervention released in our lives, we should understand a few main points from the Bible. These passages teach us how to increase angelic activity in our lives. These include:
- Through the power of intercession, believers serve as co-workers with Christ. As the Holy Spirit moves in our lives, we’re stirred to pray about situations. When we do so, we’re putting out a welcome mat for the angels God chooses to release to fight for us.
- Innumerable angels are waiting to be dispatched on their next assignment. (But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, – Hebrews 12:22) For instance, they may come to answer a prayer.
- Angels are involved in both the spiritual and the natural everyday activities of humankind.
Witnessing Angelic Intervention Today
Angels are still at work on our behalf today, and they’re released in response to our intercession. Each time you stand in the gap for someone, heaven’s angelic army be released to fight on their behalf. Here is the reason why intercessory prayer is so important. Who will you intercede for today?