The Angel and the Preacher- by Ruby J Craft–Acrylic Painting

A congregation of several families prayed with their pastor. He was discouraged because the church was small, and struggling. As he continued to pray, an angel put its wings around him, and hugged him spiritually. When he finished praying he was greatly encouraged.

I know about the angel, because a person I know saw it. She told me the story. I thought, “This would make a painting.”

It took me several attempts to paint this, and here is the finished product. The idea here is that the angel of the Lord comes to encourage, and to do the bidding of God regarding our work in the ministry. He comes, and we don’t see the angels, but we are greatly encouraged, as we pray with the people of God, and as we study the Word.

There is a reason for gathering together. It is for encouragement. If you haven’t found fellowship in a long time, then you need to find a place where you can worship God, and pray with those who are believers in Christ.

I have never seen an angel. My attempt to draw, and paint was during much prayer. God helped me. Maybe someday this will be a famous painting. I have given it to God long ago. He helped me with it. The figures themselves seem cartoon like, but the angel seems real, and so is the pastor. I met him, and told this story to him and to his wife. She was not surprised that an angel came while he prayed. The pastor is, and was a very humble, but dynamic man of God. He listened to the Holy Spirit, and when He said to move, and start a new church, he did.

The Bible says that the angels of the Lord encamp around those who are His children. I hope this brings you encouragement. Find fellowship with believers, and you will be encouraged. Praying together works.

The church was bigger by the time I visited. When you struggle, your requests should be in front of a group of people who will pray with you about your situation. God has given us one another for fellowship, for praying together, and for strength. Some may have the joy of the Lord, and that is your strength.

I painted what I heard about. I am so glad I painted this. It encourages me every time I see it. The painting won a third prize in an area art show. It is acrylic, and I will never forget what I went through to get this painting. It is the only painting I have that has won anything. I hope you are encouraged to pray with others who love Christ.

The Bible says that two can put 10,000 enemies to flight. It also says that where two or three are gathered together, He is in their midst. The crowd needn’t be large, but when you are at peace with God, and with each other, your praying will be more effective.

I write this today, after putting this on the site several months ago. The gold in the painting is trying to portray the beauty of the Lord, and His angel. We worship the living God, not His angels. He wants us to worship Him in spirit, and in truth. His Word is alive, and effective. Use the Word in your prayers, and you will find them very effective.

Psalms 103:1 is wonderful. David commands his body to bless the Lord, and his soul to praise Him. All that is within him bows to God, in worship. Wow!

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