St. Michael the Archangel, whose name means, “one who is like God,” led the army of angels who cast Satan and the rebellious angels into hell; at the end of time, he will wield the sword of justice to separate the righteous from the evil (cf. Rv 12:7ff).Fr. William Saunders, “Straight Answers”-Arlington Catholic Herald
Prayers that Avail Much – St. Michael Archangel Prayer
A new page is added to OrCatholic today – St. Michael the Archangel Prayer. It sounds very Catholic, doesn’t it? However, during the last sixty days, as believers from all walks of life have come together in prayer for the soul of our nation, I know of one large protestant outreach that has become aware that Michael the Archangel is part of the fight. I believe God is going to bring all true believers in His son Jesus together. Perhaps this fight taking place for our nation’s soul is just the beginning as the global fight strengthens for a one-world Church.
When I created the prayer page, I was struck by the research into scripture provided by Fr. William Saunders concerning St. Michael and angels in general:
“The early Church Fathers recognized the importance of the angels and archangels, particularly St. Michael. Theodoret of Cyr (393-466) in his Interpretation of Daniel wrote, “We are taught that each one of us is entrusted to the care of an individual angel to guard and protect us and to deliver us from the snares of evil demons. Archangels are entrusted with the tasks of guarding nations, as the Blessed Moses taught, and with those remarks, the Blessed Daniel is in accord; for he himself speaks of ‘the chief of the Kingdom of the Persians,’ and a little later of the ‘chief of the Greeks,’ while he calls Michael the chief of Israel.'”
” The Church Fathers would also posit that St. Michael stood guard at the gate of paradise after Adam and Eve had been banished, and he was the angel through whom God published the Ten Commandments, who blocked the passage of Balaam (Number 22:20ff), and who destroyed the army of Sennacherib (2 Chronicles 32:21).
The entire article by Fr. Saunders can be found HERE.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of your wings –
Creating the prayer page for St. Michael, I began to search for a picture to use as a featured image for the page. There are tons of pictures, but nothing seemed to be right. Then I went to a source I use and found one—a statue of Michael the Archangel standing on a building’s dome. The artist created an eye within the shadows of the sky. A description said something about the Almighty keeping an eye on us, but I thought of scriptures that say we are the apple of His eye. I was surprised to find that King David used the words as a request for God’s protection. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is revealing yet another weapon in our armory for spiritual warfare. I couldn’t count (or remember) the times I have prayed the words of the Psalms for myself personally, a situation, or for others and watched God move in answer to prayer.
I’ve read much information about the election going on in Georgia today, and it appears the same tactics are being applied as on November 3rd. I saw a photo of bricks delivered to Washington, D.C. – dropped off at spots not far from the places Trump supporters plan to meet tomorrow. I read an article about the D.C. police allowing three busloads of Antifa supporters to unload in downtown Washington yesterday (with a photo). Like many of you, I’ve seen, heard, and read plenty of disheartening news concerning this present battle against election fraud.
There is much to pray about this evening and tomorrow. Perhaps Psalm 17 and the new page with the Saint Michael Prayer will give you additional prayer fodder. Here is Psalm 17:
Psalm 17 – A Psalm of King David
1 Hear a just cause, O LORD,
Attend to my cry;
Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.
3 You have tested my heart;
You have visited me in the night;
You have tried me and have found nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
4 Concerning the works of men,
By the word of Your lips,
I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
5 Uphold my steps in Your paths,
That my footsteps may not slip.
6 I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
7 Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in You
From those who rise up against them.
8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
9 From the wicked who oppress me,
From my deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They have closed up their fat hearts;
With their mouths they speak proudly.
11 They have now surrounded us in our steps;
They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,
12 As a lion is eager to tear his prey,
And like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13 Arise, O Lord,
Confront him, cast him down;
Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,
14 With Your hand from men, O LORD,
From men of the world who have their portion in this life,
And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure.
They are satisfied with children,
And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.
15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
God bless you always,
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