Confident Faith in God Stories

STORY #12--Visitation by an Angel

    Posted by Klaus Issler on May 18, 2010

JESUS:     “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. . . . You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”    (John 15:7-18, 16)

      In September 2005 this amazing event happened to me (J. P).  To feel the force of the story, I have to start in the fall of 2004.  On a weekend in October 2004, I flew to Seattle to speak at a weekend retreat for a traditional, non-charismatic Bible church.  After my second talk, a woman approached me somewhat sheepishly and asked to speak with me in private.  I agreed, and with some hesitation she said that for about a half of an hour during my talk she had clearly seen three angels guarding me as I spoke (one was on each side, and a taller one was behind me looking over my head at the audience).  When she left, I asked four or five people, including the pastor, to tell me about the woman, and to a person they said she was most likely the most spiritually mature woman in the congregation.  Still, I was skeptical of her claim, but I retained her testimony in my heart.
      Fast forward to September 2005.  While I lay praying on my bed one night as I pondered some deep burdens in my heart, I said something to the Lord I have never prayed in my life.  I asked him to do two things:  Send the three angels back to protect me during this intense period of special burdens (I told him that since I don’t see such things, for all I knew they were already around me, but just in case, I asked God to send them back) and somehow let me know that they are there.  I continued praying for about another twenty minutes and then drifted off to sleep.  I was about to experience the shock of my life.
      Less than a week later I received an email (which I kept) from a philosophy graduate student named Mark who was taking a metaphysics class with me that semester.  Mark began by saying that he had wanted to share something with me for several days, but he wanted to process it with two or three other graduate students before he did.  It turns out that a few days earlier during one of my lectures, he had seen three angels standing in the room (one on each side, a taller one behind me) for five to ten minutes before they disappeared!  I asked Mark to come to my office, and a few days later we talked further.  Because he respected me as his professor, he began by saying that he would never want to say anything to me that he wasn’t sure of, and he knew that the angels were next to me in the room and not in his head.  In fact, he gave me a sketch he had drawn from his angle of perception in the class, a sketch of me and the angels (which I kept).
      I checked out his story with the other students, and they confirmed that he had told them of this encounter days before sending me the email.  Besides a possible encounter as a little boy, Mark had never seen an angel in his life and was not prone to such things.  When I told him about my prayer request of a few days earlier his mind was blown!  So was mine!  Mark, a credible graduate student not prone to angelic visions, had seen three—not two or four, but three—angels standing around me as I lectured in the precise position the lady had described months earlier.  And I found out about this within a few days of praying for the first time in my life to have the three angels sent back and for God to somehow let me know about it.  I have not seen them myself, but again, I cannot doubt their presence.  Madonna may think we live in a material world, and Carl Sagan may have opined that the physical cosmos was all there ever was, is or will be, but they are dead, dead wrong.  We live in a supernatural world, indeed!

© J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, 2008.
In Search of a Confident Faith: Overcoming Barriers to Trusting in God, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity), pp. 155-57.

“Ask and you will receive; everyone who asks, receives. This is the eternal law of the Kingdom. If you ask and receive not, it must be because there is something wrong or missing in the prayer. Let the Word and Spirit teach you to pray properly. But do not lose confidence He wants to give you, that everyone who asks, receives. . . . As a child has to prove a sum to be correct, so the proof that we have prayed correctly is our answer. If we ask and get no answer, it is because we have not learned to pray properly. . . .  Christ had good reasons for speaking so unconditionally. Be careful not to weaken the Word with human wisdom. . . . Lord! Teach me to pray.”

Andrew Murray (1828-1917),

With Christ in the School of Prayer,
(New Kensington, PA: Whittaker, House, 1981;
originally published  London: James Nisbet, 1887), 40, 44.
Dr. Klaus Issler