Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Even if saints did hear and respond to prayers, which they do not, there is absolutely no need to come to The Father by any means but directly through The Son. God is not too busy, nor limited in any way as to hearing or being able to respond to our prayers. Nor is He lacking in any way in compassion towards us. It is He who gave up His own life for us, dying a tortuous death on the cross because of His vast and immeasurable love and compassion for us poor, lost humans. He is fully able to relate to us as humans. He understands what it is like to be tempted.
Since we can go to The King directly it would not be wise to go to an underling, especially when He has let us know that there is no other mediator but Himself, who is both man and God, so thereby He is our one and only and perfect mediator. I cannot imagine attempting to pray to a saint when I have Almighty God's full and loving ear at any given time.
Prayer is God's way of having loving communion with us. He wants us to call out to Him. Prayer builds our relationship with Him and build our faith in Him. He is the one with whom we have to do.
True. I’m sure that those who have gone before us aren’t aware of what is going on here on earth. There are scriptures to suggest this. If our loved ones knew all the problems we deal with - they would shed many tears on our behalf. However, there is NO sadness in heaven - therefore, it is useless to ask God to have them pray for us - since they aren’t aware of what is going on.
Asking for those who have gone before us diminishes the power of Jesus Christ - in whom all power is given in heaven and on earth. It places dead saints on an equal basis with the Son of God. Shame on Catholics for assigning deity to someone other than Jesus. He is the only ONE who died for our sins and the only one capable of living a sinless life. We are all sinners saved by grace -
This is heresy to believe that God will ask a mere mortal to intervene on our behalf. Twisting scriptures is also wrong - read it in the book of Revelation/