The year was 1980. My pregnant aunt and my cousin who is a month younger than me had travelled for a visit. I remember very little about that night. I was only a few months over the age of 2. I have a flash memory of picking up another cousin from my grandparents’ house, but that’s as much as I can see. The story that I relate is one that has been told to me.
My mother was driving the family station wagon through some back country Ohio roads. I’m sure seeing my aunt who lived states away had them talking. It was before car seats were law, so my one cousin and I were placed in the back of the station wagon to play while my mom was driving. It was night time and the rural country darkness encircled the car as farm fields marked their miles. My mother ran a stop sign. It was a quick and simple mistake that we’ve all been guilty of at one time or another. The cars collided. I’m sure the sounds of metal on metal and people screaming could be heard. Our car tipped on its side, and the back hatch flung open. My pregnant aunt who doesn’t see well without her glasses told me a few years back that when she opened her eyes to see the car on its side she saw some kind of beings leave the car and fly out the window. Her glasses had been knocked off. Not realizing she was witnessing angels until later she declared, “I’m following them!” That was when they began to pull people out of the car and realized I was missing. I can’t imagine the horror as a parent to be in my mother’s shoes at that moment. They found me wedged upside down between a field and a fence post. I didn’t have a scratch on me. There was dirt in my tights, but even the tights weren’t snagged. I’d been thrown from the car. When doctors thoroughly examined me, they couldn’t believe it. I was fine. No one was hurt in our car including my other cousin who would be born later that year. Years later in Drivers Education I learned that .1% of people ever thrown from a vehicle survive without a permanent injury. That isn’t even a percentage, that’s 1/10 of 1 percentage. I didn’t even have an injury.
I was raised with this story, and as a result I knew before I even had a divine encounter where God came into my room at 12 and called me into ministry, that God had spared my life for a purpose. However, I don’t think the rest of the story I really knew or understood until I was much older. My uncle was a minister, at this time, who had said goodbye to his family so that they could travel a few states away to visit. He had been reading a book that night, and in his own words “a deep need to pray for the safety of his family came over him.” He couldn’t explain it, and it was so strong he found himself weeping on the floor and interceding. He says he never had something like that happen before or since that night.
Too often in the body of Christ we tend to make light of or belittle prayer and intercession, but people don’t realize how important it really is. Do I believe God spared my life? Yes. But I also believe it was God using my uncle to dispatch angels to the scene of that crash so that God’s will could be manifest. God is looking for us to agree with heaven. We have to remember that ‘one can put 1,000 to flight and 2 can put 10,000 to flight’ (Deut 32:30). It would have been so easy for my uncle to have ignored the spirit of God telling him to pray that night.
Here are some thoughts we should all keep in mind:
-God gave mankind authority on the earth. (Gen 1:26-28) We need to hook up with what God is saying and agree with heaven.
-Words are important! So many times people say things out of their mouths and don’t realize how important spoken words are! Genesis 1:1 God spoke, and it was. We are created in God’s image; we much realize our words have weight and authority. When we speak are we agreeing with heaven or we agreeing with Hell? We are in a war. The enemy did not want me to live that night. We must line up our words with Heaven and what it says.
– When God is looking for someone to pray, can he trust that we will agree with heaven? (Gen 18:22-33) One can find Abraham interceding about Sodom and Gomorrah. Note that God was ready to wipe the cities off the map, and it ends with God agreeing to spare Lot and his family. God is looking for people to stand in the gap and pray. When this is needed can you be relied upon?
-We have to realize that we are in a war. The devil wants nothing more to make sure God’s will doesn’t come about. Too many times people do not realize that there is a real enemy who is seeking to destroy. (Eph 6:12) Too many Christians go through their walk as if walking through a battle without any kind of protection and no weaponry. That would be crazy in the natural, but why do people do it in the spiritual? God gave us weapons, and told us to use them. Put on the armor (Eph 6:10-18), use the sword/Word and defend yourselves! Do not be deceived. The battle is already yours, but you have to fight. Jesus already won. I have read the end of the book! You have the victory! (1 Cor 15:25-28)
My miraculous survival that night was because God does have a plan for my life, but it was also because my uncle yielded, interceded and prayed. Church we must wake up. We must be available to pray for the needs of others and ourselves when God tells us to do so. We must not belittle intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare. We must realize that there are things going on in the heavenly realm that though we cannot see, God does. It can be a life and death situation. It’s time we wake up church, and be sensitive to the voice of God.
Anna M. Aquino is a published author, guest minister and prophetic voice. Her books: Cursing the Church or Helping It? Exposing the spirit of Balaam, Confessions of a Ninja Mom, An Ember In Time and A Marriage In Time are available wherever books are sold. Please feel free to check out her website at annamaquino.com