Prophetic Prayer-Christ and Ministering Spirits
As Angels have become less taboo to talk about in Church circles, the question arises: “What role do they serve in the lives of G3D’s People?” When we observe how they served and interacted with Christ, we can understand how they can help us in our own lives and ministries.
Angels were key in announcing the Birth of Christ. They appeared to Mary before His Conception (ref. Luke 1:26-38), showed up in Joseph’s dream, instructing him not to end his engagement with Mary, and declared His Arrival to the shepherds keeping their sheep (ref. Luke 2:9-15). Even after His Birth, angels directed the Wise Men to go back to their own nations a different way and avoid King Herod and warned Joseph to flee to Egypt, told him when it was safe to return after the death of King Herod and to move to Galilee and ultimately Nazareth (ref. Matthew 1:18-20, 2:12-13, 19-21).
After His Temptation in the Wilderness, the devil departed and Jesus was serviced by angels. They brought Him food and drink to satisfy His Hunger after 40 days of fasting (ref. Mark 1:13; Matthew 4:11), mirroring how angels fed Elijah in the desert and “he went in strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the Mount of G3D (1 Kings 19:5-8). It is not said whether they brought Him earthly food or manna from Heaven, but the feast He was presented with gave Him the strength to begin His Earthly Ministry in earnest.
After the Last Supper, Jesus and His Disciples went up to the Garden of Gethsemane, a special region that Jesus liked to visit on the Mount of Olives, where Jesus instructed them to pray that they would not fall into temptation. He went about a stone throws away from them and knelt down to pray on His own. He cried out, “Father if you are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My Will, but Your be done.” Though G3D did not change what needed to be done, “an angel from Heaven appeared to Christ and gave Him strength” (re. Luke 22:39-43) to be able to handle the trial He was about to endure.
After Judas betrayed Christ, Jesus and the other Disciples were surrounded by a band of Roman soldiers and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees. Fearing for their lives, they asked “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” Simon Peter, in his typical rushed manner, made a hasty move to try to fight their way out of the arresting party. He swung his sword, striking the servant of the high priest Caiaphas, cutting off his right ear. Jesus retorted, “No more of this!” before touching the man’s ear and healing him.
Jesus criticized Peter, chastising “Put away your sword, for all who live by the sword, die by the sword. Don’t you realize that I can pray to My Father, and he will send me more than twelve legions of angels?”. After Jesus was taken into custody, the Disciples deserted Him and fled for their lives. (ref. Luke 22:47-53; Matthew 26:36-55)
After Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection, a great earthquake shook the region and an angel moved the stone from in front of the tomb and casually sat upon it. When Mary Madelynn and another Mary went to anoint Jesus’ Body with incense and perfumes, an angel announced that Christ had already risen and that His Disciples should go find Him in Galilee” (Matthew 28:2-8; Mark 16:3-8; Luke 24: 1-8).
What’s more, the author of Hebrews directly reminds Followers that “Are not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (ref. Hebrews 1:14).
Angels played a constant and pivotal role in Jesus’s Life and Ministry. Even before He was born they told His Mother of her immaculate conception, and warned His Father Joseph that Mary’s child would be the Christ. As Christ came into the World, Angels declared His Arrival to the Shepherds keeping watch over their flocks.
After His Birth, Angels came to the wise men in dreams to warn them of the evil in King Herod’s heart and his true intention to hunt down and kill Jesus. Likewise, angels came to Joseph in a dream, warning that King Herod would kill the innocents in Bethlehem, and to flee quickly to Egypt. After Herod’s death, Joseph was again warned by angels in a dream to first go to Galilee, then Nazareth to avoid the wrath of Herod’s son.
During His Ministry, angels brought Christ food and water after His Temptation by the devil in the Wilderness. After 40 days and nights fasting Christ’s physical strength had failed Him and the angels brought to Him the sustenance His Earthly Body needed. But even when Jesus was praying intensely before His Arrest and Execution, an angel was sent to strengthen Christ before everything that was about to happen.
When Judas betrayed Jesus and Peter took it in his hands to try to fight the arresting party, Christ kept calm and criticized the violence that had broken out. He reminded that that He could release twelve legions of angels to come strike down those who fearfully came by night with weapons drawn to arrest Him. The angels were ready to wipe out the cowardly and corrupt officials from the high priest and Pharisees, if Christ so chose.
After His Death and Resurrection, angels turned back the stone and announced to the women who came to the tomb, that Jesus had already risen and told them to forward the message to His Disciples that they could find Him in Galilee.
Likewise, in our own lives, angels work to prepare the way for us to fulfill our assigned tasks here on Earth. They surround us during our initial walks as Newly Reborn Believers, cheering in Heaven at our redemption. They strengthen us in key moments and provide every physical and spiritual need we have to complete the Will of G3D. They move physical and spiritual boundaries out of our way, clearing our paths and directing us so that we can proceed in the Ways of the Lord.
The myriad of roles that angels played in Jesus’ Life and Ministry remind us of how they still interact with and work on behalf of those who will inherit salvation. Whether through the activation and implementation of our spiritual gifts, rendering physical or spiritual aid, or clearing the obstacles our enemies place in our paths, angels are available if we will just Pray.
Prepared by, Kent Simpson, Apostolic Prophet & Eric Sepulveda, PMT AdministratorFor more prophetic media groups click here