Prayer to Saints


Q. Why do Catholics pray to Saints when they could pray directly to God?

A. I guess because from the beginning we were instructed to pray for one another as in

James 5:16:

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

And John 9:31:

“We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

Praying to saints is nothing more than asking for their intercession. For an explanation of the Catholic use of the phrase “pray to the Saints” click here.

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One Response

  1. James 5:16 in the KJV says confess your FAULTS, not your sins to one another. Although the Greek word used here could be interpreted sins, the original interpreters of the KJV did not use the word sins, but interpreted it as ‘faults’. There is a little difference in the definition of these two words.
    Even if we confess our ‘sins’ to others, only God can forgive our sins.
    Also, James 5:16 was written to living people.

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