The angels want to serve you

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Most people have grown up hearing about guardian angels. We are told that they are there to watch over and protect us, but did you know that they are also ready to serve us?

If you’re like me, the thought of a glorious angel waiting at my disposal to “serve” me is hard to believe, and even a little uncomfortable. Yet Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are they not all servant spirits sent to serve for those who are to inherit salvation?

Bruce Barton speaks of this verse in his Bible commentary on the application of life, writing: “Angels are higher than people in the hierarchy of creation (see Psalm 8:4), being created first and with a higher office. But God reversed the order and instructed the angels to serve His people.”


Psalm 91 tells us, “For he will command his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will support you with their hands so that you do not even hurt your foot on a stone. (v 11-12 NL).

Young woman with hands in prayer position. (Stock)

These illustrations of the mighty messengers of God deeply humbled me. God cares so deeply for His children and has provided countless supernatural blessings at our fingertips, including the privilege of asking for angelic help and protection. Whether we tap into the fullness of these gifts is up to us.

My understanding of angels deepened last fall when my husband Sam and I began attending a weekly dinner hosted by an elder in our church.

At the first dinner, our host, Mike, described how – for almost 30 years – he has held large gatherings in his home, and when it all started he asked God to make his home a “center of expedition” for the angels. He told how he specifically prayed that these angels could receive missions from God in his physical home.

At a party a few years after he prayed this prayer (having not divulged it to anyone else at the time), a guest told Mike that as he closed his eyes to pray before their dinner, he saw dozens of angels in his home and felt it was a kind of “expedition center” for angels in the Dallas area.

Mike’s story moved me and Sam deeply and prompted us to ask God to use his angels to protect our family.

We firmly believe that our specific prayers were answered as we prepared to transition our baby boy from his crib in our bedroom to a crib in his own room. As first-time parents, especially in the beginning, you are nervous about your child being within a few feet of you. I realize that the challenges we face as young parents pale in comparison to the many difficulties with which so many others struggle, but no problem is too small for God. And even though I had spoken to our son’s pediatrician, read several books, and prayed for the time being to move him to his own room, I still felt anxiety about the transition.

I sat cradling our little boy in front of his crib while he took a nap one afternoon and felt the Holy Spirit encourage me to pray that four angels would be stationed at each corner of his cradle. I closed my eyes and asked God to help me imagine those heavenly warriors hovering over every corner, and continued to pray this prayer for several weeks. I specifically prayed that these angels would not only protect our son, but care for him and help him not feel scared or confused if he woke up and we weren’t there.


The time has finally come for us to try the cradle. We have a high-tech baby monitor that tracks baby’s sleep patterns. It can tell you the exact timestamps of when your baby falls asleep and wakes up, and will even show a timestamp for each time mom or dad visits the crib to help the baby go back to sleep.

The first three nights, he woke up several times starting at 4 am. When we heard him, Sam or I would come in to check on him. But on the morning of the fourth night, I woke up at 7 a.m. and realized that our baby had slept through the night!

My first reaction was to go see him to make sure he was okay. Thank God he was sleeping soundly. I went to check his monitor to see how he was sleeping and was confused to see that there were three timestamps at 4am, 5am and 6am when he was visited in his crib.


I asked Sam if he had checked on the baby at those times, and dumbfounded we realized neither of us had. I first wondered if there was some type of problem with the monitor. Then a still, small voice whispered to my mind, “Christen, what did you ask me?” I jumped out of bed and yelled at Sam, “It was the angels!” We both laughed in utter disbelief, amazed at God’s tangible faithfulness.

We shared this story with our friend Mike and as we marveled at God, we all agreed that the angels watching over our baby’s crib had been sent from Mike’s dispatch center!

Many might find this story hard to believe or, even if they believe it, might think that this sort of thing would never happen to them. If this is you, I want to encourage you by admitting that not too long ago, my husband and I would have thought the same thing.


But think about it. We Christians all say we believe in angels – but do we really? It is only by God’s grace and gentle nudging that we have come to take gradual leaps of faith, like praying and believing that literal angels fill our home. Know that ALL who have accepted Jesus have these abundant blessings at their fingertips.

Embrace the love of God and pray for angelic protection over your home and family. All you have to do is ask.


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