Prayers From The Dead
(956) Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness. . . . They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus. . . . So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped. (Page 271)
The only one that prays or intercedes for us in Heaven is Christ.
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he (Jesus) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
The only recorded prayer of a dead man praying was from the rich man who died and went to Hell. In fact, he didnt even pray to God. The Word of God teaches that when one dies in their sins they are eternally separated from God. It further teaches that when one dies in their sins, Jesus doesnt even know them.
Luke 16:23-25 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Notice, in Hell, this man was still full of pride and would not call upon God. At the Great White Throne Judgment where all the damned will be cast into the lake of fire, Jesus says that He never knew them. They were never saved before because He says that He knows His sheep.
John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I KNOW THEM, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall NEVER perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Here is the scene at the Great White Throne Judgment:
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Christ is the one who mediates/prays for Believers. He is our advocate/lawyer.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
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