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“God's Helpers"
Daniel was in a tight spot. He was in a deep pit, with hungry lions all around him. There was no way out. But Daniel trusted in God.

The new king, Darius, had given Daniel a very high place in the government of the Babylonian Empire. Other officials were jealous of him. They tricked the king into signing a law that no one could pray to anyone but the king for 30 days. Anyone who broke the law would be thrown into a den of lions.

Once the law was passed, the king himself could not change it. The king thought the law was just a gesture to honor him. But it was a trap for Daniel.
The officials knew that Daniel prayed three times every day. After the law was passed, Daniel still prayed to the God of heaven. As soon as he did, he was arrested.

There was nothing the king could do to save him and, at sundown, Daniel
was thrown into the den of lions. A stone was put over the opening. The king felt so bad he would not eat or listen to music. He did not sleep at all.

At sunrise, the king hurried to the pit and ordered the stone rolled away. “Daniel, has your God saved you?”

From deep in the pit came Daniel’s voice. “My God has sent His angel to shut the lions’ mouths,” he said. “They have not hurt me.”

Who are the angels? The Bible says in Heb.1:14 they are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation.” To “minister” means to help, to take care of. The angels are sent by God to help people who trust in Him.

Most of the time, we can’t see angels, but sometimes God allows them to be seen in one form or another.

The prophet Elisha was in danger one time. A heathen king sent a whole army to kill him. In the morning, Elisha’s servant looked out and saw the army surrounding the city.

“What shall we do?” he cried. Elisha prayed to God, “Open his eyes, that he may see.” And then the servant saw the army of God’s angels between Elisha and the king’s soldiers. God had sent His angels to protect His prophet.

Jesus said angels protect us from danger. Children, like adults, have guardian angels. Jesus warned people not to hurt children or cause them to sin,or even to hurt their feelings. He said the children’s angels can talk to God at any time (Matt. 1 8:10), and anyone who hurts a child will sooner or later be punished terribly.

Sometimes angels appear and look just like people. Angels came to Abraham and Lot, looking just like men of that time.

Angels still help us. The story is told of an old woman who lived alone in Alaska. She had arthritis, so she couldn’t bring in wood for her fire. Neighbors helped her. But one time, when the woodbox was almost empty, a blizzard struck. No one could get through to come help her. She would freeze to death when the fire went out. But, like Daniel, she trusted in God. She prayed and asked Him to help her.

Just then, someone knocked on the door. A young man stood there, with his arms full of wood. He brought in several more loads, enough wood for days. Then, he stepped out the door–and disappeared. The woman knew God had sent an angel to help her. How glad and thankful she was!

Angels are always with us, ready to give us courage and to cheer us. They will help us remember the words of Jesus when we want to speak for Him. They will help us study God’s word. They will help us to do the right thing when we are tempted to do wrong. And they help us when we do God’s work.

What a wonderful privilege we have, to be able to work with the angels of God!


On the Bible Trail

Look in Matthew 18:5-7 to discover how close to God are children’s guardian angels. Matthew 16:27 and Mark 13:26,27 tell us who will come with Jesus when he comes again. In Acts 1:9-11 find how angels comforted the disciples when Jesus left them.

You can read the story of the angels’ visit to Abraham and Lot in Genesis 18:1-22,33 and Genesis 19:1-3, 12-18.

The story of Daniel in the lions den is found in Daniel 6:1 -23.

The story of Elisha and the angels is found in 2 Kings 6:8-17.

Some other texts that tell about angels are: Exodus 14:19,20; 1 Kings 19:1-8; Psalm 91:11,12; Acts 5:17-20; Acts 12:1 -10; Hebrews 1:14; Exodus 23:20

Treasure Chest Verse
A very comforting scripture is this lesson’s Treasure Chest Verse. “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” Psalm 34:7.

Published by 3ABN. Used by permission of Your Story Hour ®, an interfaith ministry.