Don’t go yet!!! You are such a nice Christian to “talk” to.
How about this.
- Answering prayer requires searching of the heart, and only God can search our hearts.
I Kings 8:39,40 Also consider Proverbs 28:9
Yes, only God can search the heart. We are not asking for the saint to search our heart, we are asking the saint to pray for us. If this were the case, how can any Christian on earth pray for any other Christian. I mean, I can’t read your heart when you ask me to pray for you. That clearly contradicts the Bible where we see Christians asking other Christians to pray for each other. We are not placing God like qualities on the saints, you are.
- We are told in Scripture "O thou Who dost hear prayer, to Thee all men come."
Yes, all men come to God. The saints in heaven also take our prayers to God. Where is the problem? Once again, asking the saints in heaven to pray for us is the same as asking any living Christian to pray for you.
- God is to be believed in for salvation, and we are to call in prayer to the One Whom we believe in for salvation.
Romans 10:14 - We are not to “believe in a departed saint” for salvation, so we are not to call upon them in prayer either.
:bible1: Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
It appears as if this verse has been taken out of context. The title right before this verse is Israel Rejects the Gospel. **Catholics do not believe in a departed saint for salvation. **
It is quite apparent you have a very narrow definition of prayer. The word pray has very old meaning of to ask. In England, they still ask a judge “I pray you will listen to this”. Obviously they are not “praying” to a judge like we pray to God. Pray to the Saints is used in the old sense of the word. All of your understanding of the saints hinges on believing Catholics when we say (as well as teach) that pray=to ask when refering to saints. Pray=to worship, when refering to God. They do not have interchangable meanings.
- We understand prayer to be a special part of religious worship, and the Trinity alone is to be worshipped.
Matthew 4:10, I Corinthinans 1:2
Once again, you have narrowed the meaning of prayer. Prayer as you mean it certainly should only be offered to God. Prayer as in to ask can be directed at anyone.
- We are specifically instructed to call upon God, not to call upon others in heaven to call upon God.
Psalm 50:15, Philippians 4:6
Both of these verses tell us to pray to God. So is Paul wrong when he asks all the Christians to pray for him? There is no difference between asking those in heaven to pray for us and asking for those on earth to pray for us. Those verses do not say anything of NOT calling on others in heaven to pray for us. But the Bible is filled with people asking other christians to pray for each other. Early history shows us that 1st century Christians wrote on the tombs of those who had passed and asked those who had passed to pray for those on earth. Were they wrong too?
I should add also, with fear of bringing up too many objections, that it would be impossible for a created being (ie. Mary) to hear such a number of prayers at once. That’s something only God can do.
Of course it is impossible for Mary to hear all the prayers…except for one thing. All things are possible for God. God chooses to allow them to hear those prayers and God chooses to listen to those prayers. It is all through Christ that it is possible.
I hope this helps a little.