What Prayer Does (Pt 3)

27 01 2010

– It Provokes Angelic Intervention-

This is another aspect of God’s help, and it is provoked by prayers. When Peter was held up in prison, awaiting death, the saints prayed for Him continually and God sent an angel to rescue him:

Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.

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 when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
Acts 12:5-8,11

Angels are our security agents and they excel in strength (Ps. 103:20). They are there to ward off all evils and plagues from us. They are the fire fighters of heaven, God’s rescue corps. Their job is to intervene in the midst of trouble and rescue the believer. They also ensure that only God’s will is established in the believer’s life.

When Jesus was arrested before His crucifixion, Peter went wild, brought out his sword and cut off a man’s ear. But Jesus stopped him from doing more harm and said to him:

…Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Matthew 26:52-53

Help from above is available for every area of our need, when we call upon God in prayers.

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