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Question: Should We Pray to Angels?
Answer: When we pray, should we ever address our prayers to angels? Can they answer our prayers? The Bible gives a clear, “No” to this question as to whom we shall pray. We can observe what the Scripture says about this idea.

1. We Are To Pray To God Alone

The Bible says that prayers should be directed at God and to Him alone. Paul wrote to Timothy about this important truth. He stated it in this manner.

For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human (1 Timothy 2:5 NET).

Note that here is only one intermediary, or go-between, between humanity and God - the Lord Jesus Christ. Angels, nor anyone else, can intercede for believers directly to God the Father. Only the Lord Jesus can do this.

2. Only God Can Help

Angels only serve to do the bidding of God. In fact, their mission is made clear by the writer to the Hebrews.

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14 NET).

They only go where the Lord sends them. They cannot, in and of themselves, help us because their power is derived from God. Whenever they come to the aid of believers, it is because of the direct command of God.

Therefore it is worthless to call upon them to help us. Only the Lord can deliver His people. The psalmist wrote the Lord saying the following.

Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me (Psalm 50:15 ESV).

God is the only one who can help us. This is a biblical truth that we should never ever forget. Indeed, He alone is our help and our strength. Therefore, we should never ask angels to help us, for they are cannot.

Summary To Question 36 Should We Pray To Angels?

Never in Scripture do we find any example of people praying to angels. Angels are sent to do God’s bidding in answer to prayer. Prayers are never directed toward them, and should never be.

Indeed, there is only one way in which we can have access to God the Father - through the person of Jesus Christ. There is no other way in which an individual can have their prayers answered.

In sum, angels do not serve any function as intermediaries between God and humanity in that sense. They do the bidding of God but only when the Lord sends them. In other words, since they never act on their own it is worthless to pray directly to them. They cannot help us.

This question comes from my book “Angels: God’s Invisible Messengers” See product page about how to obtain it

ABOUT DON STEWART

Don Stewart is an internationally recognized Christian apologist and speaker. He graduated cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary and the International Seminar in Theology and Law in Strasbourg, France, as well as from Biola University. Don is also a best-selling and award-winning author/co-author of over seventy books. [ read more ]

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