Throughout these first few devotions we have been looking at Zechariah and his encounter in the temple. His angelic encounter is not an isolated event, in fact it is a frequent occurrence in the bible.
From the Garden of Eden to Abram, to Lot, Moses and Daniel, and this is to only name a few, angels have had a role in ministering and delivering messages from the Father.
We can read more about their purpose in the book of Hebrews:
In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.”
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:7, 14 NIV)
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2 NIV)
These passages tell us something of their nature, their purpose and the mysterious element of their interaction with people in society. We don’t seek after them, but we need to be aware of them and their ministry. They are God’s angels to command as he sees fit but they will come and minister to the people of the world.
The birth of our first child was particularly difficult and there were moments where we thought we might lose him, at one point I was aware of someone other than the medical staff in the room, an amazing peace came over me and I knew it would be ok. Following the birth as I walked around the hospital I was then aware of people following patients and following the beds as they were being wheeled around. They were not regular people, and I would only catch a glimpse before they vanished. I was shocked but I felt the Lord say, “Why the surprise, people always pray that I will protect them in hospital and there will be angels around them”. It all made sense.
That is just my own encounter and you can do with it what you will, nevertheless there is an army of angels that God uses to minister, they are powerful (as we see with Zechariah becoming mute) and they are more prevalent than we think. We are not to seek after them, but being aware of their work means we can pray more effectively, Lord release your angels around me and my situation to lift me up so that my foot does not strike a stone.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:11-12 NIV)