Over the last few days, this has been my go-to prayer after my prayers.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Last night, I was kept awake after hearing about a dear friend who is in ICU battling this Coronavirus. This was the first time I had been personally touched by this horrible virus. I was angry and devastated all at the same time. So I started praying my go-to prayer immediately. I did it continuously for about 30 minutes.
When I awoke this morning, I decided to do a little research on just who is this St. Michael the Archangel, and why do I feel such protection when I pray his prayer?
St Michael the Archangel appears in Daniel 10, Daniel 12, Jude 1:9, and Revelation 12:7.
What I uncovered about St. Michael the Archangel is pretty darn scary. Scary, because there is a good reason that this prayer has come into my mind the last couple of weeks…
In Daniel, we find Daniel fasting and praying for an answer to his prayers. God sends a messenger to answer Daniel, but the messenger is detained for three weeks by some spiritual being. The messenger finally comes before Daniel saying that Michael, the archangel, assisted his arrival. It is here that we find persistent prayer can help us to remove obstacles that are blocking our way to God’s word. Michael, in Daniel’s case, was able to conquer the evil forces that were against Daniel’s message arriving safely.
Also in Daniel, we find the messenger sharing the future with Daniel. The future seems rather bleak. Michael, the archangel, will stand guard over the nation. The nation will suffer greatly, but there will be a time of hope for all true believers.
In Jude, whose one chapter in the bible is written to motivate Christians and help them recognize false teachings. Jude especially warns Christians of those teachers saying that it was okay to do whatever you please, just do what feels right for you, and forget about God’s punishment for the sinful. Michael appears… rebuking the devil in God’s name.
In Revelation, Michael is found at war with dragons. The dragon is a symbol of the devil. Michael defeats the devil, the one deceiving the whole world, and casts him down to the earth.
This prayer is a powerful prayer for all us to ward off evil, to cast out sin, and to set us right again with God. St. Michael the Archangel is the key to answering our unrelenting prayers, to protecting us from evil, and to conquering great suffering as he stands guard over our nation.
Today and in the days ahead, as we all begin to hear stories of friends, family, and strangers falling ill with this horrible virus, take a moment to pray this simple prayer. Call on this powerful angel to intercede for you, to protect you, and to conquer the great suffering of this world.