Picture this. You’re riding down the highway, and a contingent of God’s heavenly angels glide along the asphalt with you, acting as a buffer between you and the oncoming traffic. They provide a hedge of protection to make sure that each part of your vehicle works as it should and that you are safe for the journey.
This is part of the prayer that goes into a Biker Blessing. We ask for God’s provision and protection for those with whom we pray. But is it biblical? Do angels really protect and provide for the people … the children of God?
Not too many years ago, my husband and I experienced an angel who appeared out of nowhere in a gas truck, when we ran out of gas on a remote part of a highway in 100 degree temperatures. Then our daughter called out to God in the midst of an accident and her car was propelled away from a head on collision with a utility pole. Cars don’t skid sideways all by themselves.
David, the King of Israel, believed in angels. He wrote in Psalm 103, verse 20, “Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.” David believed that angels were created beings who did what God wanted them to do. All through the bible, we read about angels intervening in people’s lives for a variety of reasons. They were messengers who pointed people to God.
When we pray for someone, God hears our prayers. He decides to take away the problem facing a person, or He decides to walk them through the problem. He might also decide to take them home to be with Him as an answer to their prayer. Along the way, He may use His angels to help in a given situation so praying for His angels to protect and provide is not out of line with His word. We don’t pray to the angel but to God.
Be bold. Be confident when you pray for someone. Give them a word picture to take with them, as they ride on down the highway, of angels surrounding their vehicle. Let them know that God understands their circumstances and cares for them, in every aspect of their life. Your prayer can help them focus on a God who loves them. It can get their attention.
(an excerpt from More Than Bells, Devotions on Prayer)
Barbara Ann Derksen has written five devotionals to date and is working on the sixth. Her books are read all across the US and Canada with a few, so far, sold in Europe.
Coming Soon – More Than Bells, Devotions on Prayer