The Lord’s Prayer, or the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples, has this final plea, “Deliver us from evil”. (Matthew 6:13, Luke 11:4) Surely, there is evil around us, and we all wish to be guarded against it and remain safe. The more vulnerable one is, the greater is the need for protection.
The President and Vice-President of the United States and their families get the protection of what is called the U. S. Secret Service. In India, the Prime Minister and former Prime Ministers and their families are provided proximate security by the Special Protection Group. Other VIPs in India are provided security of different classes, Z+ security being the highest. Many celebrities like movie stars also employ bodyguards of their own.
What do common people do for their protection? Of course the governments are responsible for them as well. But there is another army of secret agents working for all common people, and they are God’s angels. God has made a personal promise of protection to anyone who loves God and calls on him. The Lord says, “I will rescue him, I will protect him, I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.” The Lord commands his angels to guard him in all his ways. The angels will lift him up in their hands, so that he will not strike his foot against a stone. (Psalm 91)
In today’s world, is it difficult to believe in angels? But in fact the Bible refers to angels in so many verses. Angels are God’s servants, but they are man’s helpers as well. They praise God in heaven, but they also visit the earth to meet human beings, and deliver God’s messages to them.
Just think of the many times that you felt helpless, and help came out of nowhere? Or the difficult situations from which you were rescued by unknown people? Or when a solution to your problem came from an unexpected source? In today’s world, it may not be fashionable to mention angels, but it does not mean that they are not there. And finally, if angels are not to be believed in, what about God himself?