Why would one choose to pray to an Angel or a Guardian Angel over Jesus at times?

Some people notice that their prayers are answered on some occasions more readily from an Angel or Guardian Angel. Could it be that Angels are sometimes more accessible than Jesus or more specialized for certain tasks?

Why would this be? Since I can't imagine Jesus is busy at times nor can I imagine that he is incapable of anything.

So would this mean that it be His desire for us to form a relationship with the Angels for some reason and if so why?

  • no, they just intercede for us, like Mary...Then they can get grace from God to help us! – Grasper Aug 21 '14 at 12:38
  • Ok thanks, so does that mean that Jesus will sometimes not agree with your prayer but an Angel will? And does this imply that Angels are sometimes more compassionate than Jesus on certain issues (I'm not sure how this could be)? – user2721465 Aug 21 '14 at 12:54
  • no, if you pray you give God an approval that he can work in your life and he can use an angel to help you, since you prayed to an angel. It's not that Jesus doesn't agree with your prayer but it's that he won't go against your will and his will for you. – Grasper Aug 21 '14 at 12:58
  • If you pray to Jesus and he doesn't answer and then pray the same prayer to an Angel and then are answered, what does this mean in this context of Jesus not answering because he won't go against his will for you? Does this mean that the Angel will go against his will? – user2721465 Aug 21 '14 at 13:02
  • @user2721465 Catholics pray to angels, or to saints generally speaking, not because we believe they're more likely to grant our prayers - they don't grant our prayers in the first place; God does. We pray to angels or saints because it's easier for us as humans to comprehend communicating with other people, or with spiritual beings who are messengers of God, than to comprehend communicating with God directly. I may expand this into an answer. – Matt Gutting Aug 21 '14 at 13:06

Why would one choose to pray to an Angel or a Guardian Angel over Jesus at times?

That is a very good question. I am borrowing here from an answer I had given to a person when I was asked the same question about praying to the saints in heaven.

I think the answer to this question is found in the Fatherly heart of God. God, as a father, desires to glorify his sons and daughters. The way he does that is by using his sons and daughters as instruments of his healing, his forgiveness, his blessings. God, sitting in heaven could have chosen to appear in private to every single person and proclaim the gospel to him individually, but he did not. He chose his sons and daughters to do that job, so that he may glorify them through the mighty works he does through them. This is the mystery behind asking anyone either on earth or in heaven to pray for us. We already pray to Jesus, but sometimes it may be the will of Jesus (and the Father) to grant us a blessing when one of his sons or daughters (other than Jesus) pleads to him on our behalf (note that the angels are considered to be sons of God (Job 1:6)).

We already see this in the scripture itself. In James chapter 5:13-15, we read, "is any one among you suffering? 1. Let HIM PRAY. 2. Let HIM call for the ELDERS of the Church, and let THEM pray over him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man...."

This is quite interesting. The sick man could perhaps have asked, "I already prayed to Jesus. Why should I call the elders of the church to pray for me?" But this example demonstrates to us that it is God's WILL that we seek the help of others in the body of Christ, so that he may have an opportunity to glorify his sons and daughters who then become instruments of his healing.

Thus, it may be that sometimes God wants to answer a particular prayer when we ask an angel to intercede for us. In this way, God glorifies the angel, his son. It is not the case that the angels are more accessible to us than Jesus. Hope this helps.

| improve this answer | |
  • 1
    Great answer, thanks very much! It makes perfect sense when you put it this way. – user2721465 Aug 23 '14 at 17:21

Worshiping the Angels is condemned by the Bible. Colossians 2:18 says "Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind". So we can not accuse Catholics of Angel worship. The actual term used by the Catholics for Angels and Saints is veneration (Dulia in Greek). This point is reiterated by the Catholic Church over and again. Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions that "In the meantime, the whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels" (Part One :The Profession of Faith, Section Two, Chapter One,Article I,Paragraph 5, Verse 334). So the Bible prohibits Angel worship and the Catholic Church says that it benefits from the Angels.

How can we understand this? The Angels have a mediation power. They are requesting to God for our cause but do not have the ability to interfere with the decision making process of God. The need for such a mediation arises from the fact that humans who are sinners and imperfect are not worthy of direct contact with God. We better channel our requests through a mediator who at least had a vision of God. The mediators are themselves imperfect and not at par with God in any way. But at least such an attempt looks more humble.

| improve this answer | |
  • 1
    this is very interesting answer. – Grasper Aug 21 '14 at 15:09
  • 1
    Yes, but wouldn't Jesus be the perfect mediator? Why would one use an Angel instead of Jesus and why would that sometimes be more effective? – user2721465 Aug 21 '14 at 19:02
  • 3
    The question isn't asking about angel worship. It's asking about praying to angels. – Geremia Aug 23 '14 at 3:44
  • @Geremia, From a Protestant perspective the two are equivalent. – david brainerd Aug 23 '14 at 8:18
  • 1
    @davidbrainerd Although angels are not in a place, that doesn't make them God. – Geremia Aug 26 '14 at 6:00

Why would one choose to pray to an Angel or a Guardian Angel over Jesus at times?

When Catholics say they pray to a saint or angel in heaven, that means they are asking these creatures to pray for them. It does not mean they are worshiping the creatures.

Now why ought we call upon the saints to pray for us? St. Thomas Aquinas says:

According to Dionysius (Eccl. Hier. v) the order established by God among things is that "the last should be led to God by those that are midway between." Wherefore, since the saints who are in heaven are nearest to God, the order of the Divine law requires that we, who while we remain in the body are pilgrims from the Lord, should be brought back to God by the saints who are between us and Him: and this happens when the Divine goodness pours forth its effect into us through them. And since our return to God should correspond to the outflow of His boons upon us, just as the Divine favors reach us by means of the saints intercession, so should we, by their means, be brought back to God, that we may receive His favors again. Hence it is that we make them our intercessors with God, and our mediators as it were, when we ask them to pray for us.

Yes, there is only one Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5), but that does not mean there aren't other mediators subjected to Him. Think about who brought you to Christ. You didn't do it alone. Saints and angels in heaven, even the souls in purgatory, plus people on earth can help you through their prayers and actions. These people are your mediators, being subject to the one Mediator.

The Blessed Virgin Mother of God is Mediatrix because without her "Be it done to me according to thy word" (Luke 1:38)—her fiat—there would be no Christ, no Church, and thus no salvation. She brings us to Christ and Christ to us in a most supreme way than any other creature can.

| improve this answer | |

Are Angels more accessible than Jesus?

A. Not after the coming of Our LORD Jesus Christ.

Heb 8:11 (RSVCE)
11 And they shall not teach every one his fellow or every one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest.[a]

a. 8.11 This verse means merely that knowledge of God will be commonly shared. It does not exclude the existence of a ministry of teaching in the Messianic times nor negate the communion of saints (my addition and emphasis) - cf. CCC Credo Chart.

God and his angel and his saints, and God in his angels and in his saints, are family. We still get to talk, commune with one another (just as parts of the body do) even when we have access to the Father through Jesus Christ1. God wants and likes it that way too; to listen and grant us favors through his friends, especially the angels and saints - the cloud of witnesses, those who have gone before us [marked] with the sign of faith, those who have made it - in heaven, thereby glorifying them.

1. Catholics can talk with him whenever they receive him (even daily if possible) in the Eucharist or whenever they visit him daily or as often they can or want to in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar reserved in the Tabernacle.

There is a morning offering that concludes:

May I gain all the indulgences that I can today.
Holy Mary, be a mother to me.
Angels and saints of God, pray for me.
+ May our LORD bless us and preserve us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
+ May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

For the phenomena you have experienced and continue to experience, if catholic, better consult with a priest.

| improve this answer | |
  • What is your basis for claiming that angels are part of the family of God? – curiousdannii Aug 22 '14 at 7:02
  • cf. Jb 1:6 for example. – user13992 Aug 22 '14 at 8:34
  • Oh yeah, I'd forgotten those kinds of verses. – curiousdannii Aug 22 '14 at 8:42

Scripture doesn't teach us to pray to angels nor even to Jesus, nor to the Holy Spirit, but to the Father alone. Jesus himself taught us to pray to the Father. "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven..." (Matthew 6:9) He also taught us to pray to the Father in his name (John 14:13-14). This is why Protestants begin their prayers addressed to the Father and end with "in Jesus' name," or "in Christ's name. Amen." (Aside, perhaps, from some Methodists, Anglicans, etc. that retain Catholic customs without any scriptural proof that these are valid.)

Scripture does seem to teach that angels carry our prayers to God (Revelation 5:8, 8:3-4) but this doesn't mean we should pray to them. We pray to God alone, even if angels are somehow involved in relaying the message (although, its probably just metaphor, especially considering its in the highly figurative Book of Revelation).

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.