Today is the Memorial of the holy guardian angels. In Psalm 148 we read that all creation joins together in praise of our Creator. Angels, animals, even the sun, moon and stars join together in praise of the Lord! How glorious to praise the Lord for eternity! As I marvel at how awesome it must be to be in the presence of God praising His name forever, I am reminded that I am called to do this here on earth as well!
We are called to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) As we go about our daily lives we have families to care for, mouths to feed, groceries to buy, bills to pay, work to do, and the list goes on and on. To pray throughout these daily tasks can sometimes be difficult. We can pray through our actions as we lovingly care for families, we can pray silently or aloud as we drive in the car or complete certain tasks. But we all know that there are moments in our lives when we get caught up in the stress of the day to day to-do list. There are times when, if we are honest with ourselves, we are not in prayer. And when we let our guard down and lose focus of God, we can be vulnerable to spiritual harm or temptation. Our guardian angels are sent to guard us in all our ways if we but call upon the Lord.
“Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:10-12)
Our God is always with us. We need only to call upon His name and know that He is protecting us and is by our side. Furthermore, we know that He will send His angels to guide us so that we will not so much as dash our foot against a stone! No evil shall befall us if we place our trust in Him. This means more than the familiar image of the guardian angel guiding the little children to safety. Certainly the angels guard over children (Matthew 18:10), but the angels are sent to us as adults too; for we are all children of God. Our guardian angels are sent from the Father to help us in any time of need when we call on His name. This includes guiding us from spiritual harm by praying by our side. The angels are in constant praise of our Lord and Savior forever and ever.
“Bless the Lord, you angels of the Lord; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever” (Daniel 3:59)
We are human beings. We make mistakes. We get caught up in earthly life and forget to praise the One who gave us life to begin with! We see the pile of dishes, the unpaid bills, the mountain of work that needs done. We see death, sickness, sorrow. And without meaning to, we allow these things to consume our thoughts and minds. The devil creeps his way into our minds to try and convince us that these things are negative. He tries to bring us down, beat us up, so that we feel lost and helpless. The devil wants us to look at what surrounds us and see the negative, rather than the positive. Instead of seeing the dirty dishes and being thankful for the food we had to eat, we can get caught feeling grumpy at more chores to do. Instead of being thankful for the medical achievements that have helped so many people, we grow angry at what we have not yet accomplished. We are only human and these things happen. When the negativity surrounds us and we feel the temptation of the devil to turn our hearts away from God, we only need to call on the name of the Lord and His angels will be sent to protect us!
At those moments when we forget to pray or when we are distraught and discourage and cannot seem to find the words, we can look to our guardian angels to guide us spiritually and to lift up the prayers of our hearts. The ones we may not even fully know. The prayers for God’s will in our lives, for patience and for an increase of faith. Prayers to be more like Christ, to allow Him to work through us. Prayers to see His glory in everything we do.
“Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.” (Rev. 8:3-4)
The angels are sent to guard us in all our ways. To protect us from harm both physical and spiritual. To lift up our prayers to God when we cannot seem to find the words. God hears the prayers from the depths of our hearts even when we are struggling to find the words. When we feel tempted to see the negativity in our world, when we feel the devil trying to sneak into our lives and replace light with darkness, we call on the Lord who sends angels to guard us and to carry our prayers up to God.
Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide. Amen