Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the Lord thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel (1 Samuel 7, 10).
As previously stated the Lord used an unusual way to answer His people, a supernatural way. He is still performing miracles today. In this case, the Lord used thunder against the enemy and they were confused but He has more than one weapon in His arsenal as He used earthquake in the case of Paul and Silas. He has made provision for us too as His children.
In Hebrews 1, 7 we read: “And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire” and verse 14 said: “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”
Throughout the bible we see the ministry of angels to God’s people, how they were sent to various assignments and battles to deliver the children of God from difficult situations. They are still doing the same today as “ministering spirit for the heirs of salvation” (KJV). The bible says is Psalm 91, 11-12 that “He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone”.
As children of God, we cannot pray for divine help and ignore the assistance of angels. They are here to execute orders from the Father and bring us help from above and sometimes give us divine guidance and warning (Balaam and also the seven churches of Revelation). They encamp around us and bring deliverance and protection to those who fear the Lord (Psalm 34, 7). Most the time we see in the bible that they assist the children of God with the impossible. They intervened when there seem to be no way out of a situation.
When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let the children of Israel go, Yahweh sent and angel that visited the Egyptians households and killed their first born and Pharaoh was forced to allow them to leave hastily. Jesus’s birth was announced by an angel (Luke 1, 19) and when Herod was plotting His death, an angel was sent to take Him away (Matthew 2, 13). After Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by the devil, angels came and ministered to Him (Matthew 4, 11), even in the garden of Gethsemane an angel came to strengthen Him (Luke 22, 43).
So how do we engage angelic assistance? We do not worship them and we do not pray to them either. They are here to serve us on order of God. Therefore we pray the Lord to help us with His angels.
We activate their ministration by praying to the Father as the church did on behalf of Peter (Acts 12, 8-11) or the same Cornelius was praying and an angel was sent to direct him on the answer to his prayers (Acts 10, 2-4).
Praying the word and the will of God will activate angelic assistance (Daniel 9).
Praying in tongue, praise and worship are also useful tools to create an atmosphere of supernatural in our lives.
Ultimately, the prayer should be to the Lord. Elisha prayed to the Lord to open the eyes of his servant to see the chariots of fire not to the angels to appear to the young man (2 Kings 6, 17). It is God’s prerogative to send His angels out to assist His children as some people were not even praying or worshipping but angels were sent to them.
This year, as we are seeking divine help, let’s persist and persevere in the presence of God in order to provoke angelic assistance from above.