What is the biblical reason Catholics pray to saints for intercession?

By November 3, 2014 17 Comments

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What is the biblical reason Catholics pray to dead saints for intercession?


No one prays to dead saints, because those in heaven are more alive than we are. The Lord is God of the living, not of the dead. The fervent prayer of a righteous man is very powerful (Jas 5:16). Those in heaven are surely righteous, since nothing unclean can enter heaven (Rv 21:27). Those in heaven are part of the Mystical Body of Christ and have not been separated from us by death, but surround us as a great cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1). They stand before the throne of God and offer our prayers to him (Rv 5:8) and cheer us on as we run the good race. Intercession among members of the body of Christ is pleasing to God (1 Tm 2:1-4) and even commanded by him (Jn 15:17). Those in heaven have a perfected love, so how could theynot intercede for us? Christ is the vine, and we are the branches; if we are connected to him, we are inseparably bound together as well. Can the eye say to the hand, “I need you not”? Neither are we to say we don’t need the prayers of our brothers and sisters (alive here or in heaven), because salvation is a family affair.


  • if every thing goes to Christ i don’t see a lame reason not to pray to Christ .why saints,,only Christ can intercede for us to the heavenly father because he said he sits at the right side of the father .May we have to pray like the saints or mother Mary and not pray to them .i have great pleasure and answers to all my prayers when i pray TO JESUS .
    Try to talk to JESUS and see the different s.

  • carmen says:

    Jesus has answered my prayers faster when I asked Mary to intercede for me.Also I once asked St Martin to intercede for me and the request was granted overnight .

  • Moses Irfan says:

    Turn towards a human being who was used in a miracle birth to allow the SON OF GOD to come to this earth, who was actually the one who did the miracles, preached, died for us and rose from the dead, Who said believe in me and you shall be saved. I think Catholics need to read the Bible…. If thats what they believe in !!!
    Bible doesn’t give proof that saints pray for us. why didn’t the apostles pray to Daniel, Elijah, Moses,Abraham, why did the pray to Jesus,holy spirit and God ? The word “saints” got popularin early Catholicism, show me the words that proove saints pray for us !

    • Peggy says:

      Does your pastor ask the congregation to pray for a person who is ill? Does your pastor ask you to pray for peace? If we ask the living to pray, why not ask those who have gone before us and who are in the very presence of God to pray along with us and to pray for us? The souls of those who die have not been extinguished. They exist in heaven.

  • Gary says:

    Is it Scriptural to pray to “saints” for them to act as intercessors with God?
    Jesus Christ said: “You should pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, . . . ’” So prayers are to be addressed to the Father. Jesus also said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it.” (Matt. 6:9; John 14:6, 14, JB) Thus Jesus ruled out the idea that anyone else could fill the role of intercessor. The apostle Paul added regarding Christ: “He not only died for us—he rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand he stands and pleads for us.” “He is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him.” (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25, JB) If we truly want our prayers to be heard by God, would it not be wise to approach God in the way that his Word directs?

  • james says:

    anyone here actually look deep into the early church who first knew Christ and His apostles who ACTUALLY MET JESUS THE GOD OF THE LIVING and gave ETERNAL LIFE not just sleep till He Comes back? The early apsotles prayed to the saints to intercede for Us because the gates of Heaven were now open. The reason why tthe early Jews in the first testament didnt pray to saints because they didnt yet have heaven opened. they didnt have Jesus tell them everything they can truely do. They didnt see the miracle of The Transfiguration When MOSES and ELIJAH Appeared before the apostles With Jesus in His white clothes beyond any fabric of this world! Thats how we know they are ALIVE! and able to speak with Us for we are like Christ. The Saints in heaven are next to Him and can speak to Him as He will be right infront of them face to face. since nothing impure can enter heaven like it says in scripture than it must be true that all the saints are now without sin. and have clothes as white as snow bathed in The Lambs Blood. Therefore We must assume they are closer to God in a greater state pf Grace Than us SINNERS, Therefore their prayers will be answered quicker and fully.

  • Mike says:

    Like Jesus the mediator to God the Father. Saints are likewise acting as mediators to God the Son. Saints can hear you because God allows it. Like God allows his disciples to heal, to forgive sins and make miracles in his name. When you ask a living person to pray for you, what’s wrong when you ask saints who are already in heaven to pray for you?
    We could also have the reverse situation, why did God uses angels/prophets to talk to us if he could actually directly speak to us?
    Anyhow, this is a very simple thing. We are a community. Like Israel of old covenant, the new covenant is not for one individual having only a direct relationship with God, but a Group of people the Church trying to achieve salvation for each and every one.

  • charlie says:

    John 14:6 Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father EXCEPT THROUGH ME..stop listening to men and read the whole bible…do what bible teachers not ur idea’s!!!

    • Mike says:

      It is not an idea. That verse only shows one relationship of God the Father and God the Son. But it does not says that you have no other mediator to Jesus. Look at the wedding of Cana, Mary become the mediator to Jesus to grant a simple request “to make water into wine”.
      How about the role of God the Holy Spirit. What is his role? Is he just a part of Trinity that has no role? I guess you don’t also pray to the Holy Spirit?
      Anyhow, stop using the bible in wrong context, you are like Satan who uses bible verses to temp Jesus. Matthew 4:1-11.
      Please read Revelation 8-4. It is stated that “3Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” Rev 8-4

      • Mike says:

        Thanks to Luther for not removing the book of revelation from the bible. He tried to remove it. But thanks to his disciples he was stopped. He already removed some other books from the bible because one of that book gives the biblical evidence for purgatory. I guess your bible experts when they don’t agree with some verses of a book from the bible. They just throw it away. He almost removed book of James from the Bible. Because that book goes against his idea of “Faith alone”.

  • audrey hadden says:

    I pray ONLY to the Father & The Son. Nothing will ever change that.

  • Drew says:

    Charlie.. this ideas of the peraons that you were pointing wasnt their ideas. These ideas rooted from the bible which is the word of the Lord.. what they say came or is based on the holy book and not a mere or self explanation.. got it bro.

  • Jose Fuliga says:

    None in the Old Testament prayed to St. Moses, St.Abraham, St. Noah, St. Job,.St. Daniel, St. Elijah, etc. Neither did they ask the living to pray to or through them to God. There was no prayer for the dead saints in Old Testament times before the birth of Christ and before the birth of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Juanito Velasco, Jr. says:

    Jas 5:16 is clear. The FERVENT prayer of the RIGHTEOUS is powerful. If one claims.to be righteous and his prayer is fervent then he does not need the intercessory prayers of those who are righreous but if one is separated from God by sin, the he needs.one. there is no debate that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father but through Him. That.is why we, sinners, ask Mary and the Saints to pray to Jesus for us.

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