Remember, we pray to the saints and ASK THEM to intercede for us -- pray for us. They are much closer to Christ than we are.
You are so right about the description of the incense and prayers rising to heaven from Revelation. Isn't that a powerful picture?
It is an overpowering picture.
1 When he broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven 2 for about half an hour.
And I saw that the seven angels who stood before God were given seven trumpets.
Another angel came and stood at the altar, 3 holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne.
The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy ones went up before God from the hand of the angel.