When the children of God in that painful situation cried out to Him, something began to happen instantly. Yes, there is no alternative to prayer. Here, I don't mean complain and murmuring. No. I said prayer. Many of us have been complaining to God and man instead of praying. Prayer mixed with faith, obedience, knowledge and patience will always, without fail, achieve the desired aim. It cannot fail. Did you get that? Most of our prayers are not answered because they are not mixed with these very important 'ingredients'. Our prayers must be backed with absolute faith that God is able and willing to do what we are asking of Him. We must pray according to the word and will of God. And we must always be ready to obey and wait for the answers to what we have asked for, no matter how long it takes. This is the true way!
As they cried out to God, He first sent a prophet to them. Here, the prophet represents His word. He came to strengthen their way with Him. To clear the way. God does nothing except through His word. If we must achieve the best in God, then, we must study, obey and bury ourselves in His word. Everything we desire, need is in the word. God is also tied to His word. His said that His word is above His name and that He will never deny His word. So, pray God's words back to Him and you are very certain of receiving answers.
True! And also remember that Israel's sin brought them to their present predicament, so they needed to come back to Him in repentance. They needed to make peace with Him. God says that He will not listen to us when we live in sin. Is your sin or lifestyle the reason for your current trouble??
After the prophet, He then sent His angel; for immediate commencement of action. Angels of God are His 'foot soldiers'. They are extremely powerful, faithful, loyal and obedient. It is mostly these heavenly beings that carry out His instructions, activities and battles on earth. Angels make a very very interesting study. They are pivotal to our successes and victories in life and battles. And it is good that we know how to recognize, relate and identify their activities.
Very important. Your consciousness of the presence and activities of these holy and mighty warriors will also help your decisions and how you live. I tried to unmask this in chapter nine of my bestselling and powerful book Power of Midnight Prayer. You need insight into some of their missions. Very interesting. They most times operate like the secret and special forces in the military. No body, I repeat, nobody can achieve much for God without the help of the angels, but you must also know how to relate with them. E.g., you don't pray to them directly or worship them, etc.
The angel came directly to Gideon; the human instrument that God had chosen to deliver Israel from the bondage. Listen, 'Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the oak tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash had been threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, 'Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!' Till next week, God bless!Editor's Note:
Rev. Agbo is the author of the book Power of Midnight Prayer and a minister with the Assemblies of God Nigeria. Tel: 08037113283. E-mail: [email protected]