Should we pray to angels? November 30, 2010Posted by mercedescoleen in Angels at work.
Tags: About Angels, Angels, Angels at Work, Angels of God, Heaven
This is an interesting question because many people pray to angels. To date, I have not found any biblical evidence to support direct prayer to angels. Scriptures teach that Jesus is the Great High Priest who intercedes on our behalf. However, I have found the following evidences:
a. Angels respond when we pray to God by coming to our aid. For example, Archangel Gabriel was commanded to respond to Daniel’s intercession to God:
Dan 9: 21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Dan 9:22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
Dan 9:23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
b. Angels may act as intercessors in heaven in the same way that the priests in the Old Testament made regular intercessions on behalf of the people. For example, the book of Revelation shows that an angel held the prayers of the saints and presented them to God (Rev 8: 3-4):
Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
Rev 8: 5 shows that the angel responded to the prayers by taking the censer, and filling “it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” This scripture shows how angels respond to the prophecy which says that no one should hurt the Lord’s anointed and do His prophets no harm. The earth can actually be plagued with trouble and its inhabitants can suffer corporately.
The rest of Rev 8 shows examples of plagues that angels release on the earth as a result of the prayers of the saints to God – forest fires, sea becoming blood (death of sea creatures), meteors fall to the earth, darkness in the earth. People should therefore be afraid to “mess” with God’s people because we can aggravate angels. Jesus told the disciples the same about the guardian angels of those who who behold the face of the Father
There are other examples of angels responding when people pray to God or are in distress. For example, Hagar cried as she and her son perished in the wilderness and the angel of the Lord spoke to her out of heaven.
Angels are ministering spirits of the Lord who obey His command. I personally do not pray to angels, but speak with them asking for help on specific issues. I do this in the same way in which I would speak with a friend about a problem.
Is it a matter of semantics? I don’t know, but when Jesus taught the disciples to pray, He said “our Father, which art in heaven”. It is the Father’s duty to tell His angels how to respond. I will seek more on this issue as time goes on.