Should We Worship or Pray to Angels?

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Some believe that we each have our own “guardian angel” assigned to us. It’s true, as Jesus said of those who come to Him in childlike faith (Matthew 18:4-6 Matthew 18:4-6 4 Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever shall receive one such little child in my name receives me. 6 But whoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
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), “that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10 Matthew 18:10Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
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). Yet this does not necessarily mean one angel to a person. It could mean a plurality of angels to each person or to the believers collectively, with assignments shifting.

Some people have a near obsession or near worship of angels. Angels are real, but one must be cautious about giving the credit to angels when the real credit for miracles and answered prayers should go to God!

If you wish to express thanks for what God’s holy angels do for you and all of us, give thanks to God. They act at His command. But never seek to thank or praise the angels directly.

Christians are to diligently follow the Ten Commandments, and the first is very clear: “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3 Exodus 20:3You shall have no other gods before me.
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Interestingly, angel worship has been around a long time. Gnosticism, a philosophical-religious movement that was beginning to infiltrate the Church in the first century, falsely taught that angels are necessary intermediaries between God and each of us.

The apostle Paul referred to this in Colossians 2:18 Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
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: “Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels …” The Holman Bible Dictionary states that this incorrect teaching claimed that knowing about angels enabled “one to gain blessings in this life and attain the level of divine in the next.”

We mustn’t forget that Jesus Christ alone is our necessary Mediator with God (1 Timothy 2:5 1 Timothy 2:5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
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). Yet angels have served in intermediary capacities in certain respects, and people are drawn to that, thinking they can communicate with angels to have an “in” with God. (We see a similar problem among those who pray to various saints. But praying to saints and angels is really an adoption of the pagan methodology of approaching the spirit realm through lesser deities.)

And we should remember this: True angels don’t take our focus away from God and point it at themselves. Angels are careful not to develop a relationship with us. Why? Because a person would then start to rely on the angel rather than on God. And it seems that different angels may minister to the same person so that this kind of relationship is not developed. Again, the Bible does not state that we each have our own angel.

The apostle John records an encounter with an angel who pointed John toward God alone and cautioned about bowing down to or giving more credit to angels (or anyone) than is due:

“Then he [the angel] said to me, ‘These words are faithful and true.’ And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. ‘Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.’

“Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God’” (Revelation 22:6-9 Revelation 22:6-9 6 And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show to his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. 9 Then said he to me, See you do it not: for I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
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; see also (Revelation 19:10 Revelation 19:10And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
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We are not to worship angels. We are to only worship God, and angels are very sensitive to this! We should also direct our prayers only to God, as Scripture directs.

Some have claimed to be communing with angels. If they are indeed having such encounters, these are not God’s holy angels they are engaged with—but rather evil spirits (demons) perhaps posing as righteous angels to gain influence in people’s lives.

We are to worship and revere God, not His angels. The angels are God’s messengers, His ministering spirits, who serve God’s people. They appear to mankind when necessary to pass on a message or take care of a duty for God.

We do see the prophets Daniel and Zechariah each referring to an angel as “my lord” (Daniel 10:16-17 Daniel 10:16-17 16 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spoke, and said to him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned on me, and I have retained no strength. 17 For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.
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; Daniel 10:19 Daniel 10:19And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be to you, be strong, yes, be strong. And when he had spoken to me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for you have strengthened me.
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; Zechariah 6:4 Zechariah 6:4Then I answered and said to the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord?
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). However, this was just a term of respect—comparable to John calling an angel “sir” (Revelation 7:14 Revelation 7:14And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
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). This was not in the sense of addressing one’s true lord and master. (Consider that our English word mister today derives from “master,” but we don’t mean an actual master when we say “mister.”)

If you wish to express thanks for what God’s holy angels do for you and all of us, give thanks to God. They act at His command. But never seek to thank or praise the angels directly. This goes against what God directs—and will expose you to serious spiritual dangers.