Can Dead People Pray?

Below is a comment from Praying to Saints is Wrong!

Comment: Praying to saints or Mary or anybody who is dead is wrong and quite frankly useless. Care to know why? Because they are dead and there is nothing that they can do for any of us.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten.

Psalm 6:5-For in death there is no remembrance of you;in Sheol who will give you praise? (now think about that for a moment…if we cant praise God in our graves-then how can dead people intercede for our prayers?)

Psalm 30:9-What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you?(again, no awareness in death)

Conclusion-no man can speak to God when he is dead because he has no awareness in the grave. So with that being said…dead people (saints or not) cannot intercede for our prayer requests because they cannot hear us.

Response: Do you believe the fullness of faith and spiritual realities is revealed in the OT? Do you realize that these are probably the very same passages the Sadducees cited in their rejection of the resurrection of the dead? More light has been given to us in Christ. We know that even though our bodies die our souls live on and are eternal. So, our eternal souls are alive even after our bodies die. Even Jesus said, Matthew 22:32
‘ I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Surely you do not mean to contradict Our Lord.

6 Responses to Can Dead People Pray?

  1. Fred says:

    The Bible was written by old and senile men. Actually God was a ET! From another world. They used methods to make people believe they were Gods. The fire from heaven for elijha was a high powered particle beam. The chariot was a space ship. And Moses married a black woman. And phillip being caught up was teleported by a UFO. And yes they are still here. We just got smarter so they leave us alone untill they think we are ready for them.

  2. bfhu says:

    Thanks Fred that was hilarious!

  3. Isaac says:

    A soul is a living body with the breath of God (or Spirit) within them.

    Genesis 2:7 (KJV)
    And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

    Soul in Hebrew = Nephesh
    self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion

    Souls die when God’s spirit is taken away. They do not know anything until God resurrects them on the last day.

    All living creatures that breath life are souls. The body goes back to the dust and cease to be a soul when the spirit leaves.

    Spirit in Hebrew = Ruwach
    wind, breath, mind, spirit

    Spirit in Greek = Pneuma
    This is where we get the word “Pneumonia” which is an inflammation of the lungs which causes a “shortness of breath.”

    If we stop breathing, we die shortly. We cannot live without God’s spirit. Those who are not breathing are dead, knowing nothing. There is no contradiction in this understanding.

  4. kmax says:

    “He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” Those who are not believers are spiritually dead.

    • bfhu says:

      True but God is still their God.

    • Isaac says:

      True, there are two forms of death. Physical Death and Spiritual Death. Those who die physically in grace are considered alive spiritually in faith because of the coming resurrection. This is why Jesus called it sleep when speaking of Lazarus to his disciples but had to reiterate it in layman terms for his disciples and called it death from a physical standpoint. Faith is not spoken in present tense. Faith transcends time, spoken words cry out into eternity. When we say they are alive even though they are physically dead, we speak of things to come as if it were certain. Once we enter into eternity, days will not be counted. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow will not matter. Therefore, what we say today will be as if it was said forever.

      Those who are either dead or alive without grace is considered dead already spiritually because there is no hope outside of Christ. However, there is always time to become born again as long as one is physically alive. Know that Christ and the practice of the “Law of Liberty” (which is mercy) is the only way to be acquitted of judgment.

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