|Departed Christians and Old Testament saints are really alive, not
merely asleep in the grave as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-Day
Adventists, and some others wrongly assume.
you not read in the Book of Moses,
in the passage about the bush, how
God told him, ‘I am the God of
Abraham, [the] God of Isaac, and
[the] God of Jacob’? He is not the
God of the dead but of the living.
You are greatly
misled" (Mark 12:26-27).
People often say to me that they don't need an intercessor, they go
straight to God. I respond; "That is a shame because they can never
ask anyone to pray for them"!
St. Paul a very devout man had no problem asking for prayer, if it is a mistake to ask
someone to pray for you or a sign of an immature Christian, then St. Paul had a real
problem! He was famous in asking for prayer: Ephesians 6:18) "Pray at all times in the
Spirit, ... making supplication for all the saints, and also for me,..." (Colossians 4:2-3)
"Continue steadfastly in prayer, ... pray for us also,..." He also asked prayers for others; (1
Timothy 2:1-2) " ... I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving's be
made for all men,...". We see how it is good and holy to ask someone to intercede for us to
God, now let us cover another point.
Some would point out that Mary and the saints are dead. Why would anyone want to go to
a dead person for intercessory prayer!
Basically scripture says the only dead people are those who have never heard of God and
those who have heard of God/Jesus and rejected Him! (1 Peter 4:6) "For this is why the
gospel was preached even to the dead, that though judged in the flesh like men, they
might live in the spirit like God.". (Ephesians 2:5) " ... even when we were dead through our
trespasses,... ". By the same token scripture says those who know God/Jesus never die!
(Luke 20:38) "... and He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive."
(John 6:58) "... he who eats this bread will live forever.". (John 8:52) "If anyone keeps my
word, he will never taste death.".
John 11:25 Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me,
even if he dies, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do
you believe this?"
Do you believe this?
Then our opposition might be willing to admit that intercessory prayer is permissible, and
that the people in heaven are indeed alive, but they have no idea what is going on here on
earth! So, why on earth would they intercede for us? This seems like a reasonable
question, but like all the other objections I think can be easily answered. (Luke 16:19-30)
In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, we see in verses 27 & 28, that the rich man is
very much aware of his brothers on earth and is interceding on their behalf. "... Then I beg
you father to send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn
them, lest they also come into this place of torment.". (Revelations 5:8) "And when he had
taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the
Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls filled with incense, which are the
prayers of the saints; ...". We can see by this verse that those in heaven are interceding
for the saints on earth- they offer our prayers to Jesus in the form of incense! This is one
reason why we use incense!
We see here that it is scriptural to ask the saints in heaven to intercede for us!
In (1 Kings 2:19) we see King Solomon's mother Bathsheba speaking to the King
on behalf of someone!
In this verse King Solomon sets up a throne for his mother on his right hand, and he
bows to her!
How appropriate it is for the Blessed Mother to speak on our behalf to her son the
King of Kings!
Departed Christians and Old Testament saints are really alive, not merely asleep
in the grave as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists, and some others