Are Guardian Angels Real?

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Are Guardian Angels Real?

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It may be comforting but it’s not scriptural

When I look back over my life I am awed by the many stupid things that I did without suffering the full consequences of my actions.

Such protection led me to wonder if I had a guardian angel. A guardian angel is assigned to protect and guide a person.

I believe in angels. I’ve read about them in the Bible. Three angels are actually named — Michael, Gabriel, and the fallen angel Satan (Lucifer) — and there’s even an angelic hierarchy.

There are Seraphim (Isaiah 6:2–7), Cherubim (Genesis 3:24, Ezekiel 10:1–22, Psalm 18:10, Exodus 25:22), and Archangels (Jude 9, Daniel 10:13, Revelation 12). The Bible says that they act as God’s agents on earth. They guide us, encourage us, and minister to us.

But the Bible does not say that we each have our own personal angel. God is the one Who sends an angel to protect us, but the angel is only doing God’s will. Angels obey God. He sends them to help us.

God can assign different angels to a person at different times. There may even be times when a person has more than one angel.

As a Christian, I am warned about looking to anything (or anyone) other than God for protection. Addressing our prayers to heavenly beings that are created rather than the Creator Himself is idolatry.

Paul warns us in 1 Timothy 2:5 against thinking that we need a mediator between us and God other than Jesus,

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, (NIV).

It’s comforting to think we have a guardian angel. But it’s not scriptural. While arguments can be made, there seems to be no definitive biblical proof for their existence.

Instead of praying to a guardian angel, we can ask God to fulfill His promise in Psalm 91:11 to send angels to protect us in times of need.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (NIV).

And offer prayers of thanksgiving when He does.

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