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What Does the Bible Say About Guardian Angels?

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What do you picture when you think about guardian angels? I imagine something like a single angelic bodyguard: A being who goes with me everywhere and who leaps into action whenever something bad is about to happen to me. The problem with that idea is bad things still happen to me sometimes. Does that mean my guardian angel is sleeping on the job?

Normally when we think of guardian angels, we think of specific beings assigned to us by God to stay by our sides and watch over us from birth or salvation until death.

What does the Bible say about angels?

  • Angels may protect believers from accidental harm.

For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone (Psalm 91:11-12).

  • Sometimes angels deliver God’s people from their enemies.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them (Psalm 34:7).

The prophet Elisha and his servant experienced this in 2 Kings 6:15-17 and Daniel experienced it in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:22).

  • Angels encourage and minister to believers in extremely difficult times or trials, such as when Elijah was fleeing from Jezebel.

He [Elijah] lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, ‘Arise and eat.’ Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, ‘Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you’ (1 Kings 19:5-7).

  • Angels deliver wisdom and guidance from God to believers, such as when Joseph was contemplating ending his betrothal to Mary.

But when he [Joseph] had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit’ (Matthew 1:20).

  • Angels may escort the soul at death.

In Jesus’ parable of the rich man and the poor man named Lazarus, the Bible says:

Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried (Luke 16:22).

  • Angels rejoice over salvation.

In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10).

Any time angels minister to believers, it is always in obedience to God and with God’s authority.

Nowhere does the Bible actually teach that believers are assigned specific angels at birth who stay by our sides for our lifetimes. However, there is a lot of Biblical evidence showing that even though we may not have specially assigned angels to follow us, God still assigns His angels to watch over us.

Personally, I like the idea of God using many angels to watch over me–sometimes I cause a lot of trouble and that might be hard for just one angel to handle!

What are your thoughts about guardian angels? Do you like the idea of one specific angel watching over you, or God using many angels to watch over, guide and protect you?

Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14).

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  1. Nellie

    Posted by Nellie on December 5, 2012 at 09:51

    when i was three and my grandfather was dying i told my mom i saw guardian angels taking him and comforting everyone there

  2. Lexis

    Posted by Lexis on August 11, 2012 at 09:44

    After my great-grandma had knee surgery (she was 90!)She said that there was an angel watching over her in the corner of her hospital room. I think that is completely amazing that God sent one of his angels to watch over her at that time! :)

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by BLRock on April 19, 2012 at 13:34

    i love angels, its cool to think about having more than one helping and protecting me ! it makes me feel almost spiritually invinceble , and phisically safe even when bad stuff happens.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Tigger96 on April 17, 2012 at 07:59

    I kinda like the idea of having someone strong always watching over me…
    When i was a little girl, I always had to look out for myself and others. I’m a very protective person over my 2 best friends, and mostly myself. I’ve always felt like no one is strong enough to protect me, & it really tore me apart. But here recently i’ve made a new best friend (my 2nd best friend), and I think he’s starting to be protective…
    Anyways, this article really encouraged me. Whether there’s one angel, or five, or 100 watching over me, i’m just glad that it’s somebody strong enough. =)

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Margie on April 13, 2012 at 17:09

    I love angels! :) Even have a collection.
    It’s interesting to note that not everything is in the Bible (see John 21:25). St. Jerome comments that the dignity of the soul is so great that each has a guardian angel from birth.

    In Acts 12:15 when Peter stood at the gate and knocked after his miraculous escape from prison, they said, “It is his angel” (not ‘angels’).

    St. Gemma Galgani, St. Padre Pio, St. Faustina and other very holy people often saw their own guardian angels.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Liv on April 10, 2012 at 18:04

    I always imagined that guardian angels were specifically assigned to people, but I always wondered who mine was because I thought that it had to be someone close to you who had died. I didn’t have anyone like that, so I couldn’t decide if I didn’t have one or just one who I didn’t know. It’s wonderful to know now that I am protected by God’s angels after all!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by loe on April 10, 2012 at 04:31

    Thank u Lord for loving n takin care of me even though Im a sinner n dont deserve ur luv n care

  8. Champ2343

    Posted by Champ2343 on April 10, 2012 at 04:12

    I like that God has many angles that keep me safe every single day of my life! :)

  9. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on April 9, 2012 at 20:37

    I definitely like the idea of more than one angel watching over me. It’s strange, I’ve never been into angels or talked about them that much; I’ve always just thought of them as God’s messengers. Not really as protectors.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Elizabeth on April 9, 2012 at 20:06

    When I was little (4 or 5), i woke in the middle of the night saw something in my hallway going into my brothers room, but facing me. It looked like a human yet was one solid color and floated/glided into my brothers room while smiling at me. I wasn’t really scared, yet i was but it was more like I knew it was something unusual, so closed my eyes and when I opened them it was gone, I called my mom into my room and the next morning before chapel at school she took me to talk to my pastor and he told her and I that I most likely saw my guardian angel. i know its pretty ridiculous, but i believed him and still do. Do you PI girls think he was right or no?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by callie on February 11, 2013 at 20:59

      You don’t sound can talk to mine ever since I can remember of course it wasn’t a glamorous creature like you described and I thought it was an imaginary friend

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BLRock on April 19, 2012 at 13:27

      I bielieve you! I think I saw my guardian angel to …. I just happend to look out the window and saw a angel like you discribed , I do remember mine having blond hair , it was so cool !!!!

    • Posted by JennArman on April 11, 2012 at 18:20

      I believe that what you saw was very likely an angel. I don’t think it matters whether you call it a “guardian angel” or not. We are more likely to see things like this when we are very young because we haven’t been taught not to believe yet. Sightings like this are less common as we get older because we tend to talk ourselves out of believing in things that are supernatural (meaning outside the realm of what we see every day) :)

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Elizabeth on April 9, 2012 at 20:09

      To answer your question at the end of this article-

      I don’t know that God is using one or many angels. Maybe we get a different one when we reach a different phase of life, or maybe we have one throughout our whole lives. Either way, I’m glad God always has someone watching over me(:

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by AllieKatFender on April 9, 2012 at 19:33

    I love the thought of a guardian angel. Even if its not completely biblically accurate in the sense of “angelic bodyguards”, I believe that angels really do watch over us. The bible says that every time a person becomes a believer, the angels celebrate. Isn’t it amazing that God’s most heavenly creatures care about us?

  12. Paris

    Posted by Paris on April 9, 2012 at 16:36

    Jesus,thank you for allowing your angels to keep me when I can’t keep myself.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by calieiscalie on April 9, 2012 at 11:22

    I’ve never really thought about a personal angel. I like gods idea better