“Ministering angels, I command you to go and bring back finances from the north, south, east, and west. Protect my family that no harm comes upon them.”
This is the type of prayer I learned in the Word of Faith movement. We believed the angels hearken to the word of God. If we used our mouths to speak the word of God, angels had no choice but to do our bidding. It is also believed that when a person goes to heaven upon death, if you did not speak to your ministering angel, they cannot be held accountable for your lack because you did not tell them that to do.
There is no biblical support for anyone to command an angel. Angels were always sent by the God the Father. I have read so many twisted manipulations of scripture to justify doctrine.
So, where do Word of Faith teachers come up with this demonic belief? Besides the roots of Catholicism, they twist Hebrew 1:4.
Hebrew 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
If Jesus was made better than the angels, then man is made better than the angels. They justify this by mishandling the scripture “as Christ is so are we”. And since ALL things are beneath our feet, we can give commands to the angels.
Hebrew 1:4 is actually telling us that after Christ purged our sins, he sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high being made so much better than the angels as he hath obtained a more excellent name than they.
This, dear friend is a prime example of prooftexting. The scripture is not read in light of the previous verse.
Pulling scriptures out to fit our personal narrative is very dangerous and creates heretical doctrines. I urge every believer to read scripture in context. If word of faith teachers had studied and rightly divided scripture, they would see that Christ was actually made lower than the angels.
Hebrew 2:7 Thou made him a little lower than the angels; thou crowned him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works if thy hands.
Verse 9 But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
- God has not put the angels in subjection to man.
- Jesus was made lower than the angels when he walked the earth.
- Jesus was made higher than the angels when he took his place at the right hand of the father.
- Man cannot command an angel to go out into the land and bring back material or immaterial pleasures.
Prayer is a form of worship and God alone deserves our worship. This is a doctrine of demons that caters to the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. When the disciples asked about how to prayer, Jesus responded that we should pray in this manner…Our Father who is in heaven…”
The face of the angels do behold the father at all times, but the scripture never leads anyone to believe that they leave his presence because YOU said some words.
Jesus is our example of how to live this life. He did not pray to or command angels. If you have prayed to an angel or commanded an angel to get some what your flesh desires, repent before God for HE is faithful to forgive you. Be ye reconciled to God.