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Do Angels Assist God in Answering Our Personal Prayers?

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Do Angels Assist God in Answering Our Personal Prayers? by Robert J. Morgan Angels were alive and active during Bible times, but what about today? Do angels really watch over us? What is an example of a current-day rescue made by angels? Why don’t angels always save us from harm? Do we each have our own guardian angel? Do angels usher us to heaven when we die? Is Satan an angelic being? Did the Devil, or Satan, start out as a created angel? What then will happen to Satan and all the fallen angels upon Christ’s return? And there are more than 100 other questions about angels answered in the book! Here's today's devotion by Pastor Morgan, addressing the question... Do Angels Assist God in Answering Our Personal Prayers? Whether the Lord allows angels to eaves-drop on our prayers, I don’t know. I do believe He frequently employs them in answering prayer: case in point, the prophet Daniel. As prime minister of Babylon and Persia, Daniel had a lifelong habit of retiring to his private quarters three times a day to spend time talking to the Lord (Daniel 6:10). On one occasion, Daniel had been poring over the writings of the prophet Jeremiah. He came to understand from Jeremiah’s prophecies that the time had come for Israel to return from exile and once again repopulate the promised land. Daniel made this a matter of earnest prayer. One afternoon, the angel Gabriel showed up during his prayer time. As soon as you began to pray, Gabriel told him, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you. — Daniel 9:23 Daniel made the request, God bestowed the grace, and an angel brought the answer. In chapter 10, we have an even more remarkable story. Daniel was given a graphic vision by direct revelation from God. Deeply troubled, Daniel prayed earnestly to understand the vision. Three weeks passed. One day Daniel accompanied some men who were inspecting the banks of the Tigris River. Looking up, he saw a man dressed in linen with a belt of gold around his waist. His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes on fire. His arms and legs resembled burnished bronze that flashed in the sunshine. His voice was like the roar of a stadium. The sudden appearance of this spectacular stranger drained the strength from Daniel’s body like air from a balloon, and he collapsed. At once an angel stood beside him, touched him, and helped him to his hands and knees and gradually to his feet. The next words we read fill us with wonder. The angel said: Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future. — Daniel 10:12-14 No further explanation is given, but taken at face value, it appears that at the moment Daniel began praying, the answer was issued without delay, just as in the previous chapter. But powerful demonic forces had blocked the pathway of the angel bearing the answer. The impasse lasted a full three weeks until the archangel Michael arrived on the scene with his superior authority. The standoff was ended, and the delayed angel sped on to Daniel with the answer to his prayer.

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1 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Within the context of Judaism, it is important to understand that Angels are messengers of God who carry out His will. The Hebrew word for Angel is "Malach" which literally means messenger. Notice that none of the Hebrew Prophets ever prayed to angels but only to God alone. Idolatry within Judaism is praying to something other than God, even angels. Like us, angels are also created beings which exist on a higher plain of existence. An angel has no power on its own and can only follow the will of the one who sent him. Scripture states that when Moses died, he did not have a burial marker because he did not want the Israelites to mistakenly pray to him instead of God. In addition, while angels perform God's will, they have no choice, that is what they are designed to do. Humans on the other hand are created in the "image and likeness" of God, which is the ability to choose, i.e. "free will". In this area, mankind has the potential to become higher than angels when we freely choose to serve and follow the Creator, rather than angels who are created to do just that."
2 Sara Di Diego = "Robert J. Morgan is a pastor at The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is written over 25 books about Christianity.Work Cited:http://www.robertjmorgan.com/bio/"
3 Cary W = "This is the case with all our truly heartfelt prayers; they are answered as soon as the request is made.  Our continued faith and trust after the prayer is given is what speeds it to our door."