Key Text: Rom. 8:26
Olive green – is always scripture.
In the Words of Paul, “…we know not what we should pray, nor how to offer that prayer in a worthy manner as we must…” Romans 8:26.
A question came up at the beginning of class which focused on an “old pattern” of prayer we used to teach and practice for many years. That topic was, “Are we able to command and give assignment to the angels?” Now, this probably sounds ridiculous to anyone outside of our “Word of Faith” or “Charismatic” roots, but believe it or not, many, MANY Christians believe that commanding angels is not only a right but a responsibility. So far as I know, this entire concept is loosely based upon a misunderstanding, mis-interpretation and mis-appropriation of the following verse n Hebrews…
“But to which of the angels has He ever said: “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” ~ Heb. 1:13-14
Okay, I know…but I did say LOOSELY based upon!
“The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.” ~ Psa. 103:19-20
Here it is clear that angels are committed to doing the bidding and will of God.
Throughout the rest of the class we worked our way through Ps. 31, drawing particular attention to the relational and intimate way in which the psalmist praysand how his focus is always on the person and glory of God instead of his own self-interest.
- Never asking God to do things entirely for his own benefit, but for “Thy Names’ sake”
- Committing his spirit and life into God’s hand.
- Never asking God for safety, but to BE his strong tower.
- Though he wanted safety he did not look for it in externals but in the face of his God.