“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)
“Before you go to sleep tonight, we are going to pray for the angels to protect you, Daniel,” my wife Mary and I began to explain to our 5-year old son. Of course, we had done this many times before. But tonight I sensed a definite leading to be able to share this all-important aspect of the ministry of angels to our son. Thus it was that we proceeded to carefully explain and to even demonstrate this to him, myself trying to act it out as I went along (pretending to be an angel).
“Now the angels are strong — very strong! They can easily fight against Satan. You see, they have weapons.”
“What type of weapons, dad?” my son asked.
“Well, for one, they have a b-i-g sword!” I responded. “It’s r-e-a-l-l-y r-e-a-l-l-y big, and powerful!”
“And do they have a spear and arrows?” my son went on to ask.
“I’m not sure, but they have lots and lots of weapons!” I affirmed.
“And do they have a shield?” my son continued.
“Yes, of course they have a shield!”
“And when Satan comes to attack you — because you love Jesus, and Satan hates Jesus and wants to attack you — well, the angels are going to pull our their sword just like “that” (motioning with my hands), and “zap” — Satan is going to run away so fast, he’s going to say, ‘There’s no way I can touch that Daniel, the angels protecting him are too strong for me!’ And so he’s going to run away and not come back, he’s going to be so afraid!”
“But here’s the problem,” I went on to say (acting a little sad and downcast, as if to say, “this was a really big problem”). “If the angels see you doing something bad, like wanting to fight against your sister, or thinking some really bad thoughts, then the angels will cover their eyes, because — well, angels cannot look at anything bad at all! So, they will cover their eyes, and — when they do that, well, then — Satan will come and attack you, because he knows that the angels cannot protect you when they are covering their eyes!” (This was indeed a serious problem!)
“So you have to be careful not to do anything bad, or to think any bad thoughts,” my wife added. “If any bad thoughts come into your mind, you have to say, ‘bad thoughts, go away.'”
“Are you going to pray for me now, for the angels to come?” my son asked.
“Yes we are.” And so we did.
“Heavenly Father, send your angels to surround Daniel tonight as he goes to bed. Give him really good thoughts and watch out over him. And help him to be good, so the angels will not cover their eyes. Amen.”
When we left the room — it was not more than just two or three seconds later — our 5-year old son immediately began to sing a prayer to the Lord, in a wonderfully melodic tune. “Oh Lord, help me to be good and not to be bad, so that the angels will protect me when I sleep. Thank you for sending your angels.” (And the prayer went on.) I was truly amazed, and knew that the Lord, indeed, would be ‘on our son’s side’ this evening.
God bless you, and may the angels protect you tonight, and always, as you seek to do what is right, so that the angels will not cover their eyes in your midst. And remember, they are strong!
“And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:17)