Merriam-Webster says: "Definition of PRAY
1: entreat, implore —often used as a function word in introducing a question, request, or plea
[pray be careful]
2: to get or bring by praying
1: to make a request in a humble manner
2: to address God or a god with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving
When we pray to a saint we are making a request in a humble manner that they, as our brothers and sisters in Christ, pray to God for us. Can't we ask God what we need on our own? Of course we can! However, you tell me whether or not protestants ask each other to pray for them. I know my Baptist Church (the church I grew up in) members did it all the time. We had prayer meetings every Wednesday evening in which we prayed to God for each other's needs. Our prayers to the saints are the exact same thing. Even if you don't see it that way, can't you see that we DO see it that way, and give us a tiny bit of the doubt here? We do not worship saints. Period.
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Are Catholics idolaters? No, we don't worship idols. The statues, paintings, and stained glass windows are portraits of our friends and family, just exactly like that picture of your dead Grandmother on your piano or uncle Joe in Texas. Do we pray to saints as if they we gods? No, we ask our friends to pray for us, just like protestants do.
I pray all who are reading, pray for peace in Jesus Christ's Church--His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.