THEME: WORSHIP THE LORD
“I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”
-Angelic experiences were common in the Biblical times; both in the Old and New Testament’s. When Peter had come from prison, a girl named Rhoda went to open the gate and on hearing his voice, she went first to alert the others but they concluded that it was his angel (Acts 12:13-15). It seems like it was not out of ordinary to see someone’s angel, who from this text resemble the person. Apostle Paul implored the people of Hebrew to entertain strangers who by doing so entertain angels (Hebrews 13:2). Due to such angelic visitations and occurrences, some people of Colossae sort to worship angels (Colossians 2:18). In John’s vision, the angel warned him that he was his fellow servant and only God should be worshiped. Angels are available to protect us, “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone” (Psalm 91:11-12). Throughout Scriptures, we find angels involved in communicating God’s message as the Spirit of God directed them. Angels also watch us, “for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels and to men” (1 Corinthians 4:9). Angels are also available to encourage us as they encouraged Jesus at the garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:43). Angels minister unto us, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). Angels will be there to help us in paradise as they helped Lazarus, “Jesus said, “So it was that the beggar died and was carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom” (Luke 16:22). Angels are ministers of God who are available to minister unto us and we should not worship them, but only worship the Lord.
We bow down to worship You and kneel before You Lord our Maker. Only You deserves to be worshiped and praised. May Your word dwell deeper in us that it may never depart from us. Convict us of our sins Holy Spirit by Your grace and make Your judgments known to us. Help us to treasure Your commands within our hearts, and incline our ear to wisdom and apply our heart to understanding. Give us discerning hearts Holy Spirit so that we may only appreciate angelic beings but not worship them. Make Your angels available to us always merciful Father, according to Your purposes for us Your children. Command Your angels Lord to guard us in all our ways and to bear us up, lest we strike our feet against a stone. Only You Lord deserve our worship and praise, teach us to us to seek after Your wisdom and understanding like silver, and search for them as hidden treasures. Fill us with the fear of You so that we may love You and always do Your will. Surround us, our households and nation with Your hedge of fire Holy Spirit and protect us from all evil including corona virus. Bless the work of our hands Jesus and increase us in the land according to Your divine blessings as You promised our father Abraham. Amen
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