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Getting Angelic Assistance.

In Acts 27, the apostle Paul was a prisoner on a ship with 276 passengers onboard. Launching the voyage in the winter, the ship headed into a violent sea storm, called Euroclydon. The ship tossed like a leaf in the wind and was in danger of splitting into pieces. No stars or light from the moon was seen for many days, and because of the dangerous rocks and quicksand, it appeared that Paul and the passengers would drown in the murky waters.

Paul had been on an extended fast and was praying for God’s intervention. God released a heavenly messenger to bring Paul this encouraging Word:

“But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, ‘Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, “Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.”’” Acts 27:21-24

In the midst of a life-threatening storm, God sent assurance through an angelic messenger that the ship would be destroyed, but not one of the 276 passengers—many of whom were prisoners—would die in the process.

After Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan River, He was then directed by the Holy Spirit to spend days in solitude, fasting and praying (Matt. 4). After 40 days, the tempter (Satan) came and began to harass Christ, demanding He prove He was the Son of God. The temptation involved three aspects: Lust of the flesh turn the stones into bread to eat; Lust of the eyes—throw yourself from the high point of the temple so angels can rescue You; Pride of Life—bow and worship Satan, and he will give you the world’s kingdoms.

Following the fast and the testing from Satan, Christ was physically weak, and the heavenly Father sent angels to personally minister to Him (see Matt. 4:11).

Toward the conclusion of Christ’s ministry, when He was in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, we read that, “Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him” (Luke 22:43). Thus, during the two most stressful moments in Christ’s life—His 40-day fast and prior to His crucifixion—angels were commissioned to personally minister to Him and strengthen Him. This would have included not only physical strength but emotional and spiritual strength as well.

During my earlier ministry, I lived what I call a “fasting life.” Instead of eating throughout the week and selecting a specific day to fast, I would often go days on end without eating, or eat only one time a day just to maintain strength. When fasting, my spiritual senses were sharper and keener, and I was able to discern both good and evil more clearly. I could also sense when there was a strategy of the enemy or some form of danger that lay ahead.

Early one morning, I departed from Northport, Ala., and was traveling by car on a four-hour drive to Mississippi. I recall being very tired, and several times I found my eyes becoming heavy. Without realizing it, I dozed off. Suddenly I was struck in the back of my shoulders by what felt like a man’s hand. The sudden slap did not hurt but it jerked me forward, awaking me. Unknowingly, I had already veered off the road and was driving head-on toward the corner of an interstate bridge. I had a split second to jerk the car away from the bridge and barely miss colliding head-on with the concrete support. I began to cry because there was no one else in the car, and I knew the Lord had sent a heavenly messenger on my behalf to protect me.

Fasting is like a magnet that attracts your soul and spirit closer to the heavenly realm. Isaiah wrote about the power of fasting and revealed that a fast would: “Loose the bonds of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, let the oppressed go free, and … break every yoke” (Isa. 58:6). In verse 8 Isaiah predicted: “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy  rereward” (KJV, emphasis added). Notice that God will be thy “rereward.” Believers often read this as “thy reward,” but it is not reward but the word rereward.

When the word rereward is used in other passages it alludes to someone being in the rear guard of the army. When we fast and earnestly seek God, He has us covered from the backside. He can prevent the adversary from a “sneak attack” that would catch you off guard!

Adapted from Angels on Assignment, by Perry Stone, copyright 2009, published by Charisma House. For believers, there are many Scriptures promising God can and will protect us. This book reveals in detail one of these promises, the Mizpah Covenant, and is filled with faith-building stories that show you how angels are involved in our lives on a personal and practical level. To order your copy, click on this link.


As you face the many challenges of 2012, be encouraged that God will provide miraculous answers when you fast and pray. Thank Him for the breakthroughs He’s planned and you will experience this year. Continue to pray that believers would unite in prayer and purpose for our nation. Pray for the persecuted church around the world and for the protection of Israel. Pray for our military and their families. Ask God to direct you concerning the upcoming elections, and remember those suffering through loss of jobs, homes, and loved ones.  Phil. 4:6,7; Isa. 58:6-12

To enrich your prayer life and learn how to strategically pray with power by using appropriate scriptures, we recommend the following sources by Apostle John Eckhardt: Prayers that Rout Demons, Prayers that Bring Healing, Prayers that Release Heaven on Earth and Prayers that Break Curses. To order any or all of these click here.

By Perry Stone.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

One of life’s most perplexing mysteries is why bad things happen to good people.
We have all heard the stories of how the most dedicated teenager in the church was abruptly killed in an automobile accident, or how the beautiful young mother with three children is stricken with cancer and suddenly passes, leaving her infants to be raised by loving family members.
Why the righteous suffer has always been an enigma.

There is no one set reason or explanation as to why bad things happen.

However, after years of ministry, I have some observations as to what may, at times, help prevent bad things from occurring:

  1. Avoid making wrong choices. A shortcut through a dangerous part of the city is not a wise choice. Leaving your wallet or purse on the seat of your car while you stop at a convenience store for a restroom break is foolish. Mowing the grass on a riding mower on a steep hill can get you killed. The barrel of a gun is not a small telescope to look through. When people make unwise choices, they can open the door to difficulty or tragedy.
  2. Don’t override better judgment. Years ago, a noted pastor was ministering in Kentucky and wanted to return to his church in Ohio for the next morning. The weather was bad so he was advised against it, but his personal desire overruled his better judgment. The plane crashed into the trees. When numerous individuals advise us not to do something, it is wise to pay attention since “in a multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 24:6).
  3. Do your job properly. Years ago, my wife and I were having Sunday dinner with one of our spiritual sons. He had mentioned a few days prior that his brakes were going bad and he had to get them fixed. He either forgot or didn’t take the time to fix the problem. Bad brakes are like a loose electrical wire in a house—something bad could happen if they are not repaired. He had an accident, which took his life.
  4. Don’t be in the wrong place with the wrong people at the wrong time. Whomever you rub shoulders with will rub off on you. Many teens find themselves in dangerous, life-threatening situations—especially with drugs and alcohol—because of their friends, like magnets pulling them into sin.

All of the above examples were the results of people not paying attention, not listening or not following wisdom, but there are many times in life that circumstances occur over which we have no control.

Some examples are the effects of hurricanes, tornadoes, armed robbery, crime and accidents caused by drunk drivers.

In these and countless other examples, believers feel helpless to defend themselves or their families.

For this reason we need to know and understand God’s ability, willingness and promises to protect His people.

The Scriptures show that He has made covenant agreements with His people that continue to impact us today (see Gen. 9:13-15; Gen. 13:15).

For many years I have taught on the covenants of the Bible, emphasizing the new covenant that was ratified by the blood of Christ.

After further research I observed that there was one covenant made between a father-in-law and his son-in-law that I knew existed in the Old Testament, but I had never identified it as a pattern for a practical covenant for believers until doing detailed research.

It is called the Mizpah covenant. This covenant has supernatural power to establish the gate of heaven in your family’s life—just as it did in Jacob’s, which will enable God’s angels to ascend and descend from heaven as they provide protection to your family.

God’s angels are on assignment from God Himself. As you walk humbly and obediently before your God, His angels will protect and defend you and your family members.

Christ Himself stands before our heavenly Father to intercede on your behalf, as the Holy Spirit comes alongside to comfort you and to pray through you, even though you are uncertain of what to pray.

Fasting forms a supernatural hedge of protection around you and your family, and your prayers activate the angels as guardians of your home. The power of your intercession overcomes the barriers of distance, and the angels hear your call and rush to your assistance.

Remember that God Himself has given you access to His angels through your diligent fasting and praying,

Bad things do happen to good people, but you can establish this remarkable covenant in your life today, and begin to experience the blessings of a covenant relationship with God. You and your loved ones are in good hands!


As October draws to a close this week, and the world celebrates Halloween thank God that our times are in His hands, and His kingdom will be established on earth no matter how it looks.

Praise God that on this same day, in His timing and in the midst of great darkness He raised up Martin Luther and others to mark the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and change the course of history.

Thank Him for calling on modern day intercessors to pray His will and bring reformation where needed. Continue to pray for Israel, revival in our churches, the global spread of the gospel, and the return of our nation to godly principles and righteousness.

Thank Him that no matter what you are facing you are victorious in Him and you can count on Him to cover you and your family with His angelic protection in these perilous times. Ps. 91; Gen. 31:49.

Adapted from Angels on Assignment by Perry Stone, copyright 2009, published by Charisma House. In spite of the dangers all around us the scriptures promise that God can and will protect us. One of the promises is the Mizpah covenant, which forges a protective barrier around you and your loves ones especially when you are apart. To learn more order a copy by clicking on this link:

By Perry Stone.

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