Why Catholics believe in the power of intercessory prayers

“Would you pray for me?”

Have you ever asked someone to do that for you? Most of us have at some point in our lives. Why would we do that? Why not just pray directly to God ourselves?

I broach this topic because of a thoughtful response I received from a faithful Quiner’s Diner reader. She’s a Southern Baptist. I’m a Roman Catholic. Catholicism believes in the veracity and power of intercessory prayers.

My Southern Baptist reader wrote:

“I certainly have no problem with anyone going at Christianity as they see fit. I just cant get past the fundamentals. I haven’t read anything in The Bible about praying to anyone but The Father.”

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