Can Saints answer your prayers?
Thousands attest to the many miracles after they prayed to saints and Mary. Some of the most popular Catholic saints St. Anne, St. Anthony, St. Francis, St. Michael, St. Bernadette, St. Therese of Liseux, and St. Joseph. Of course, Mary the Blessed Virgin declared “co-redemtrix.” [Cathecism 968]
The Bible does not support this kind of tradition. If your prayers were answered, it’s because of your faith, though Satan has the power to grant you wealth in this world. (Matthew 4:9)
Worse, Satan himself can appear as an “angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). You may think you are praying to Blessed Mary but the Mama Mary of Catholics isn’t the same as the mother of Jesus in the Bible.
Mark 5:34 (Faith enables miracles)
“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”
Matthew 13:58 (Your lack of faith)
“And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”
Jesus wants you to talk to Him directly
Jesus is called Emmanual, “God with us.” God came down (literary) from heaven to be with men. Jesus wants to have fellowship with you—directly. He is also called the lamb of God who takes away our sins, which means we can approach God freely.
In the past, only the High Priest can enter the “Holy of Holy” where the ark of the covenant was, separated by a curtain. Today, God’s presence resides in every person who has Jesus.
“…we have the confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh…“
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
1 Timothy 2:5
“There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”
“… He (Jesus) always lives to make intercession for them.”
“Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
Jesus does not need “Co-mediatrix”
Jesus alone has the power and glory to save us. We cannot boast of good works because salvation is a free unmerited gift from God, that’s how much He loves us (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9).
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
“I am the way (not a way, but the only way), and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
1 Timothy 2:5
“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…“
The Apostles tell us to pray for one another
Praying as a group and with one another was practiced in the early church. They never asked “dead people” to pray for them; they’d be stoned to death for such (Leviticus 20:27). The dead know nothing—they sleep in the grave. (Ecc. 9:5)
2 Corinthians 1:11
“You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.“
“For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance…“
“….do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”
2 Timothy 1:3
“…I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.”