On another thread here, someone referred to Heb. 12.1 as though that is a text that supports praying to the dead. Heb. 12.1 refers back to the people of faith in Heb. 11 -- it is saying that with such a company of those who had faith in God, we should be motivated to run the race, "fixing our eyes on Jesus." There is nothing here that supports praying to those who have died. In fact, since Jesus is the only mediator (1 Tim 2.5) between men and God, it is unbiblical to pray to anyone else. There is no biblical text that supports contacting a dead person to intercede on his/her behalf. In fact, we are told that Jesus and the HS intercede for us! I am surprised at how many here defended praying to dead people! Even if you don't think praying is part of worship, why in the world would any Christian pray to a dead person when we can go boldly before the throne of God through Christ?? Does anyone aside from Christ, living or dead, know your needs better than Jesus Christ? Can anyone intercede for you better?