Ps 34 – “GOD’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.”
Twenty to thirty years ago New Agers took over our angels! They wrote the books, made the ornaments, and produced the television shows … and Christians got shy about angels.
The Bible might give us reasonable reason for a resurgence of confidence.
On the one hand, we acknowledge that Jesus is greater than the angels (Hebrews 1:4). On the other hand, God continues to use them as messengers, agents of judgment, and protective details. The Psalmist drew courage from this reality, too.
When Peter was in prison, the church “prayed fervently” (Acts 12:5) and an angel released him. When we pray, God’s angels go to work. It has often been that way. And the Psalmist paints an image of a hedge or circle of protection that God builds around us or others in response to prayer.
In this season of Lent, we might well-imagine the angels working overtime! As millions of Christ-followers pray, we can only imagine the flurry of activity in the heavenly realm. Do we have any sense of the evil that is being pushed back and the danger that is being thwarted by our collective prayerfulness?
Our prayers activate the ministry of the heavenly messengers — commissioned by God to guide and guard us. We may not see them or recognize them (Hebrews 13:2) but they surround us. They do not serve at our bidding, but they are indeed “ministering spirits, sent out (by Christ) to render service for the sake of all who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).
Take heart. Continue to pray. And may the Lord open our eyes to see just a glimpse of these greater and deeper realities in which we live.
Breath Prayer for Today: “Surround Your people, O Lord.”