You may consider yourself religious or perhaps just spiritual; perhaps you’re unsure of exactly where you stand. Regardless, you’ve undoubtedly heard of guardian angels before…but how much do you know about them? Our understanding of angels, particularly guardian angels, has been skewed through the media and visual representations. In this article, we’re going to attempt to clarify what they are and what their role is in the universe. We’ll ask: what is a guardian angel? Are guardian angels real? How to find my guardian angel? Let’s start off by taking a look at the biblical description of angel guardians.
Guardian Angels According to the Bible
Are guardian angels real? Well, let’s start off by exploring some of the most important passages from the Bible related to this topic. These passages will create the foundations of this article and will include all the major points that we’re going to explore. Angels, in general, are mentioned 273 times throughout the entirety of the Bible and so it’s bizarre that such a heavily referenced idea can be so heavily misunderstood. Don’t worry if the Biblical references confuse you slightly, they differ heavily from the mainstream understanding of angels.
Matthew 18:10 states “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” This passage refers to new believers and their angels in heaven. Where does the idea of guardian angels actually come from? We can find the answer in Psalm 91:11, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways”. Here we see the idea of God sending “guardian” angels, but how does this connect to knowing whether or not the guardian angel is real? We’ll find out in a moment.
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Are guardian angels real? Before we get to that, the role of the biblical description of angel guardians isn’t quite over yet. When you think of an angel, what comes to mind? Feathered wings, perhaps? Yet the bible never mentioned wings being feathered, in fact, it barely mentioned angels having wings at all.
It’s important to understand that there are many different types of angels and some of these are described in the Bible as having wings. For example, if we look to Exodus 25:20 we see: “The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them…”
In Isaiah 6:2, it states that “Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.” So we can once again see that this type of angel has wings. Yet the seraphim and the cherubim are but two of the types of angels.
So do they all have wings? In Revelation 16:6 is states “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven…” and yet there is no mention of wings. We, therefore, have to wonder whether all angels have wings or whether it was deemed unnecessary to mention their wings in every instance.
The Role of Guardian Angels
We’re not quite finished exploring the Bible references quite yet, but first, let’s consider one thing. Are guardian angels real? If so, what is their role? You might think to yourself that guardian angels serve a single purpose: watching over a believer while they live their life on Earth.
Another understanding of their role might be similar to a counselor, whereby you call them for advice and guidance. Everyone has a slightly different view of how independent and personal guardian angels are, but what does the bible say?
This notion that we should ask angels for advice doesn’t exist within scripture. James 1:5 states “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God…” As you can see, it is God we should go to for wisdom, not our angels.
However, it isn’t quite as clear-cut as that. Hebrews 1:14, when mentioning angels, has this to say: “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” This is another vitally important point: Angels are agents of God.
The Truth about Guardian Angels
So we’ve taken a good hard look at what the Bible has to say about these angels. We’ve explored how their image is misinterpreted, as is their role but are we wrong to pray or communicate with Guardian Angels instead of God? The answer depends largely on your view of guardian angels.
There is a wide-spread belief that guardian angels are a unique type of angel. We know that archangels possess free will as it is mentioned within the Bible, but it’s quite possible that guardian angels are simply a part of God. Allow me to explain.
You could think of these angels as being similar to a telephone. You speak to someone via a telephone and without the telephone, communicating with the person may be more difficult, and yet we aren’t actually talking to the phone.
Rather, we are talking through it in order to reach the person on the other end. In essence, guardian angels are God, one way or another. God is all-powerful and is everywhere at all times. So it’s not difficult to imagine that he is able to interact with us directly through his guardian angels, which are in fact a part of him.
The Next Step
So should you change how you interact with guardian angels? No, definitely not. Your connection with God and your angels is personal and unique to you. If God took issue with the manner through which you communicate with spiritual beings then he would send you a sign to make that clear.
The truth is that the Bible is a guide. We only have to look through the Old Testament to see how far our societies have come and how our laws and understandings of morality have changed. The same can be said for the earlier passages.
Are guardian angels real? After all, that is the topic of this article. We’ll cover that in a moment because first, we have to discuss why some people take issue with angels becoming the focus of people’s lives instead of God. Belief is a very individual thing and yet some people are determined to tell you about your own relationship with God and his angels.
Don’t allow such people to get in your head or sway your faith. Know that they only push their views of things on you because they lack the naturally formed relationship with God and the angels that you have.
How to Find My Guardian Angel
The answer to: Are guardian angels real? Maybe becoming a little clearer to you as this article continues, but we have to consider one more aspect before addressing the question.
You may be relatively new to the idea of angels and perhaps you’ve never attempted to reach out to any guardian angel: either because you didn’t believe they exist or your previous beliefs/religion didn’t include any such beings. As such, we’ll take a moment now to consider the best way to reach out to your guardian angel.
There are two main methods. You can either say a prayer or you can meditate and reach out with your spirit. Praying is simple but is also less direct. You could compare saying a prayer to sending a letter. Once you’re done, you have to wait patiently for the response.
It could happen instantly, it might take a month, or it might not arrive at all. Meditation allows for a slightly more direct form of communication. While in a meditative state, you can actually interact with your angels and many people see signs or symbols within this state.
It’s important to manage your expectations though. Don’t assume that you’ll see something, don’t assume that you’ll be able to contact your guardian angel whenever you choose and don’t assume that just because you meditate that you’ll be able to see glimpses of knowledge that was not known to you previously.
Instead, go into the experience with an open mind and a willingness to learn and simply see what happens. There isn’t any better advice that anyone could offer you in regards to this matter. Finally, we can address that all-important question: Are guardian angels real?
Are Guardian Angels Real?
So are guardian angels real? It seems likely that the question isn’t so much related to their existence but rather their role. We know that angels are real, and we know that they serve a whole host of different functions for God, and we know that one of these functions for some of these angels is to guard.
So overall, the simple answer to this question would be a resounding ‘yes’ but we have to acknowledge that there are common misconceptions surrounding these being and their role in our lives and under God.