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Being Receptive To Divine Intercession & Purpose

In the days of old, when the world was steeped in silence and anticipation, there was one who moved between Heaven and Earth, a bearer of divine messages, known to many as Gabriel. Though not called an archangel in the scriptures, Gabriel stood in the presence of God, a testament to his esteemed position in the celestial hierarchy, and inasmuch – served God fully and completely in all manners and according to the LORD’s will and purpose.

The Annunciation to Zechariah

Gabriel’s tale begins in the hallowed halls of the temple, where incense rose like prayers to the heavens. It was there, at the right side of the altar, that Zechariah, a priest of the order of Abijah, beheld the presence of Gabriel. The angel, radiant as the dawn, brought tidings of a son, John, who would prepare the way for the Lord.

And the angel answering said unto him, “I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings” –Luke 1:19.

The Message to Mary

Not long after, in the humble town of Nazareth, a young maiden named Mary encountered the same celestial being. Gabriel greeted her, “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women” –Luke 1:28. Fear took hold of Mary, but Gabriel spoke of a promise, a child to be born, the Son of the Most High, whose kingdom would know no end. “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS” –Luke 1:31.

Gabriel’s Guidance to Daniel

In the annals of prophecy, Gabriel appeared to Daniel, a man of devout prayer and unwavering faith. As Daniel sought understanding of his visions, Gabriel came in swift flight, offering insight and revelation. He spoke of seventy ‘sevens,’ a divine timetable for the redemption of the world. “And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision –Daniel 8:16.”

Reflections and Questions

Gabriel, the messenger, serves as a bridge between the divine and the mortal, a reminder that the heavens are not indifferent to our plight. His appearances herald moments of great significance, turning points in the grand narrative of salvation.

  • What messages might Gabriel bring to us today, if we, like Daniel, Zechariah, and Mary, attune our hearts to listen?
  • How can we prepare ourselves to receive divine guidance in our own lives?

May this article inspire reflection on the role of the LORD’s divine messengers and the messages they bear, encouraging us to seek a deeper connection with our LORD and be aware of His purpose for our lives.

“Dear LORD just as Gabriel delivered Your words of hope and promise, may I be receptive to Your voice at all times, please grant me the courage to embrace Your will, the strength to walk the path You have laid out before me to walk upon and the wisdom to discern Your messages that You speak to me, in Your Word, and in my prayers, may I hear Your answers and follow Your will all the days of my life, in Jesus’ name,  Amen.”



C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. I appreciate your prayers at the end of your articles. Your words of sincerity and love resonates as we should desire to walk in His ways and trusting Him with all our being.
    Another example of God’s grace in the lives of individuals is through His messenger. No hesitation like mere mortals in their obedience.
    If we can but see God as His angels do, our ways wouldn’t be compromising and we wouldn’t question His authority when we are in a situation that is uncomfortable and uncertainty kicks in. Oh to see Him in all His glory. But that isn’t having faith though when we visibly see what we are missing.
    May He give us the courage to get it right while we are still here in our mortal bodies.

  2. Hello Cora, Thank you so much for your continued encouragement and support in the Word, not only for me, but all the writers. You are truly appreciated beyond measure!
    Have a blessed day my friend~

  3. thanks cd
    according to hebrews 1:14.. angels are ministering spirits to us who believe

  4. Hi Keith,
    Thank you for your input, that is so true!
    God Bless~

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