Praying to saints or angels has been a long-standing practice in some Christian denominations. However, scripture does not support this practice, and it must be avoided at all costs.
Doing so takes away from the glory that belongs to God alone. Let’s take a closer look at why you should never pray to saints or angels.
The Bible Does Not Support Prayer To Saints Or Angels
The Bible never tells us to pray to saints or angels. In fact, it warns us against doing so in many passages.
For example, Isaiah 42:8 states, “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.”
Similarly, Revelation 22:8-9 says, “…when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
These verses make it clear that we are not supposed to worship anyone other than God Himself. Since prayer is an act of worship, we can infer from these verses that praying to saints or angels is wrong.
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Praying To Saints Or Angels Takes Away From The Glory That Belongs To God Alone
When we pray to saints or angels instead of God, we give them the glory and honor that belongs to Him.
We diminish our own faith when we place our trust in anything other than the one true Creator who loves us unconditionally.
Jesus (Yahusha) said in Matthew 6:33 “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,” meaning that we must prioritize seeking after His Kingdom before anything else so that He can truly be glorified in all aspects of our lives.
Praying To Saints Or Angels is Idolatry
Idolatry is something that God does not take lightly. Idolatry occurs when we stop worshipping God alone and begin putting someone or something above the Father.
Praying to saints or angels will lead us down a slippery slope as it involves giving someone other than our Heavenly Father power over us. We must remember that there are no mediators between God and us except for Jesus Christ (Yahusha Ha’Mashiach).
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (Ha’Mashiach Yahusha). – 1 Timothy 2:5
Final Words on Praying to Saints and Angels
While praying to saints or angels may seem harmless on the surface, it is ultimately contrary to scripture and takes away from the glory that belongs only to God alone.
Every believer should strive for holiness and purity by obeying what scripture teaches us about prayer.
This means praying directly to the Father in the name of Jesus (Yahusha). God is worthy of all honor and praise and will hear every prayer.
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