I am a protestant who was taught to pray to God our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. For example, when praying for wisdom, physical healing, my wife or other loved one, a friend, for help with a problem at work, – you name it – I pray to God in the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior for His intercession.
That is how I was born and raised to pray. It is a simple concept and is easy for me to grasp in my mind and spirit.
At times, I will also ask my brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for me, if the request is not too personal or confidential.
The other day I turned on EWTN and heard Mother Angelica, whom I admire as a godly woman who is full of wisdom and common sense, praying to St Michael.
It got me wondering as to why Catholics so freely are able to pray to saints and Mary. I am not condemning this practice or looking down on it in any way because I realize there is a God and I’m not Him and I realize there is additional wisdom that I may not have come across in my life.
I just want to better understand the reasons behind the practice because it is totally foreign to me and makes me feel (at first impression) like I am end-arounding God by not going to Him directly and that it is adding complexity to the whole equation by praying to others in heaven.
Question 1:: *What does praying to saints and to Mary accomplish in your life that praying to God directly through Christ can’t accomplish? *
**Question 2: ***What I am missing out on for not doing so? *
Thanks in advance for your insights. :tiphat: