[quote=go Leafs go]I am commonly told that praying to anyone other than God is putting them on the level of a Diety. I understand that protestants generally view “praying” as worship, which is part of the problem.
I don’t understand why they think Saints who have gone before us cannot hear our prayers? How can we be certain that they do?
I understand that we pray to saints as they are now righteous people and prayers from Righteous people availeth much, however Protestants in general view dead saints as being in Paradise and not concerned with earthly happenings given they no longer have pain, sorrow, etc.
I guess for me the question has always been one of what is real and what is perceived as real.
I think that very few, if any, Christians would have a problem asking other Christians to pray for them if they are in trouble or having difficulty. The question is, then, what is the nature of prayer? If it is simply physical words, then the idea of someone who is dead praying for us is ludicrous. If it is, as most Christian churches teach, spiritual communion with God, then the question is whether the spirits of those who have attained paradise remain interested in those on earth and will ask God to work in the lives of those who remain?
I think it likely, from what I know of myself, that once in heaven a soul would still retain interest in the worldly affairs of those left here. We are earthly by God’s design and naturally have some affinity and interest in what goes on here. I don’t think that goes away when we die.
So, if prayer is spiritual communion with God, why wouldn’t we ask the saints in heaven, who have, literally, an eternity to pray to God for us with no other cares to bind them, to pray for our needs to God?
So, we go to God in prayer for our needs but then we ask the saints on earth and the saints in heaven to also pray for our needs.
Does that make any sense?
in pacem Christi,