Some Protestants think that asking the saints in heaven for prayer is unnecessary since, through Jesus, we now have a direct line to God. No “helpers” are necessary.
Indeed, God wants us to ask him for things directly – and we do – but he also wants us to ask each other for prayers (1 Tim. 2:1-3).
If someone asks you to pray for them, do you deny them and say instead “Why ask me to pray for you when you can go directly to God and ask him yourself?”
Some Christians are renowned for the efficacy of their prayers - “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful” (James 5:16).
Christians in heaven are perfected in righteousness. Their prayers are powerful!
"Our Lady of the Southern Cross - Help of Christians" used with permission of the painter, Paul Newton
14 October 2019