Praying to the Saints
Many within the Protestant movement have attacked the historic Christian practice of asking our departed brothers and sisters in Christ for intercession, which dates back to the earliest days of Christianity and is shared by Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, other Eastern Christians, and even some Anglicans.
Can Saints Hear Us?
There are some who argue that asking the saints for intercession is pointless because they cannot hear our prayers. However, Scripture indicates that those in heaven are aware of our prayers, as seen in Revelation 5:8 where John depicts the saints in heaven offering our prayers to God.
“No Contact with the dead”
God forbids contact with the dead in Deuteronomy 18:10u201311. What God forbids is the necromantic practice of conjuring up spirits, and God indicates that instead of holding a seance to gain information, one should look to God’s prophets.
Praying to Saints: Overlooking the Obvious
Some objections to praying to the saints reveal limited conceptions of heaven; if heaven were like being in the next room, these objections would be valid; the saints are not bound by the time/space constraints of this life, and thus do not need to be omniscient.
Praying “Directly to Jesus”
The saints’ faith and devotion can support our own weaknesses and supply what is lacking in our faith, according to James 5:16u201318.
Can we pray directly to God?
Praying to God the Father The Bible contains many examples of prayers addressed directly to God. We can’t go wrong when we pray to God the Father, because he is our Creator and the one we should worship. We have direct access to God through Jesus.
Is praying to saints idolatry?
Because prayer is a part of Christian worship, sending prayers to what is considered an idol is considered idolatry. While most people think of an idol as an inanimate object, an idol can be anything, including a person who receives unauthorized worship or veneration, whether spirit or human.
Why should we follow the Saints?
Saints have long been regarded as god’s intermediaries, with Christians praying to them for protection, comfort, inspiration, and miracles. Saints have been invoked to defend everyone from artists to alcoholics, and as patrons of everything from childbirth to whale conservation.
Why is praying to Mary wrong?
Non-Catholics frequently confuse Mary, Jesus’ mother, by pointing to statues of Mary in Catholic churches and Catholics praying the Hail Mary as indisputable evidence of idolatry, blasphemy, or other heresies.
What does Jesus say about prayer?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus taught.
How do you pray to God?
Learn to Pray in Four Simple Steps
- Step 1: Address Heavenly Father.
- Step 2: Thank Heavenly Father.
- Step 3: Ask Heavenly Father.
- Step 4: Close in the Name of Jesus Christ.
- Praying in a Group.
- Pray Always, With Sincerity, and Faith in Christ.
Is it right to worship saints?
Finally, we Catholics do not worship Mary, the saints, or their images or statues; rather, we ask Mary and the saints to intercede for us on our behalf because they have a place in Heaven with God; and we do not worship images of Jesus, Mary, or the saints.
Why do Catholics pray to Mary?
Catholics do not pray to Mary as if she were God; rather, prayer to Mary is a remembrance of the great mysteries of our faith (in the rosary, the Incarnation and Redemption through Christ), praise to God for the wonderful things he has done in and through one of his creatures (Hail Mary), and intercession (second half of the Hail Mary).
What can we learn from the life of saints?
The Importance of Researching Saints’ Lives
- Saints are our holy friends. They provide a glimpse into what faith can do. They also help us understand our Church history. Religion is the fourth R in basic Catholic education.
Is Purgatory in the Bible?
The story of Susanna, Chapter 13 of Daniel, is omitted in the King James Bible, and we could go on. The Old Testament Jews prayed for the dead in the same way that we do today. Remember, God said one speck on the soul doesn’t get into heaven; it must be cleaned.
Why do Protestants not pray to saints?
Many Protestants consider intercessory prayers to the saints to be idolatry, because they are an application of divine worship that should only be given to God himself, and it is being given to other believers, dead or alive.
Why is Mary not God?
1. We have a faith proposition that directly contradicts the Church’s ongoing and authoritative teaching: Mary is not God; she is a creature of God and a human being, but she is neither God’s Co-Creator nor the Holy Spirit’s soul.
Why do Protestants not pray to Mary?
The Roman Catholic Church honors Mary, Jesus’ mother, as “Queen of Heaven,” but Protestants reject Catholic Marian dogmas such as the Immaculate Conception, perpetual virginity, and ascension into heaven because there are few biblical references to support them.
Do Catholics pray to Jesus?
There are a number of prayers to Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic tradition, but they are usually not associated with a specific Catholic devotion with a feast day, so they are separated from the prayers that accompany Roman Catholic devotions to Christ like Holy Face of Jesus or Divine Mercy.