Angels All Around
By Melony Coleman
I'm going to share an almost unbelievable story. But it's true. It just happened a couple weeks ago.
My husband is a pastor in the US state of Oregon and it was opening night of our evangelistic series, “Revelation of Hope.” I have been encouraging more prayer in our church, so I decided that I would oversee the prayer room during the series. My team consists of mostly homebound elderly friends or people praying from their homes, so I wasn’t sure how much participation I would have during the meetings. I decided to create a prayer room anyway, hoping that some church members would be willing to come in and pray periodically during the meetings.
That first Friday night it was just me. I felt alone, but I prayed anyway. Again, Sabbath evening it was just me. I felt a bit more discouraged. I put on a beautiful rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer.” While it played, I prayed. “I know that where two or three are gathered together in Your name, You are there Lord, but what if it is just me?” I prayed silently.
When the song finished, I opened my eyes and the room was full of angels. I started crying as I looked around the room in amazement. The angels were tall, as tall as the ceiling, with broad shoulders. They stood shoulder to shoulder with their backs to the wall, around the edges of the room. I felt tiny compared to them. They had wings and wore flowing robe-like clothes. I was drawn to their faces. They looked like men, very handsome men. Their eyes were so kind and they smiled gentle, comforting smiles. Their facial features were defined and they had a warrior-like atmosphere of boldness about them. Their dark hair flowed down to their shoulders and they looked almost iridescent. While I couldn’t see through them, I almost could. Their forms shone with a yellow white color. I was only able to see them for four or five seconds and then they were gone, but I couldn’t stop crying for the rest of the evening.
I had been so discouraged, wondering if God could work if it was only me in the prayer room. He showed me in a miraculous way that if one person is praying, it is enough. I feel so unworthy and humbled that He would give me this great gift. I still cry often as I think about this sacred experience.
I continue to pray in our church prayer room alone, but I am no longer discouraged, for I know the room is full of angels even though I can’t see them. I just had to share! We must never underestimate the power of prayer. Even if just one person is praying, that’s enough. God is at work even when we can’t see.
Melony Coleman is a pastor’s wife and mother of three. She and her family live in southern Oregon.
World Church Prayer Requests
February 9 - 16, 2020
• PRAYER REQUEST: Please pray for the Total Member Involvement event scheduled for Papua New Guinea in May 2020. Please pray for all of the logistical details that are being arranged.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Please pray for church members in Japan who are making plans for outreach at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Pray that God would prepare the hearts of those competing in and attending the games, that they would discover that God has called us to run an even more significant race—not for a gold medal but for an eternal reward.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Pray for ADRA Colombia and the Adventist churches in Bucaramanga and Medellin, Colombia, as they seek to help Venezuelan refugees who have migrated to escape instability at home. Pray that God would give peace and courage to the many believers trapped in difficult living conditions in Venezuela.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Pray for our young people who live in countries where there is religious persecution. Pray that they would stand strong for the faith, and that they would be mighty witnesses for God’s glory.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Pray that God will give each one of us an extra measure of His Holy Spirit, and that He will show us how to be more effective witnesses for His glory.
• PRAYER REQUEST: Pray that God will pour out an extra measure of the Holy Spirit upon our Church. Pray that He will work in such a way that people will be drawn to our churches to see what God is doing.