“Do We Pray after Death?” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Ladies and gentlemen and dear friends and colleagues in Christ Christians and non-Christians and you of all points of view ideas and opinions, I seek to approach the difficulty and demanding topic of whether we are to and do pray to god and Christ after we die. Jesus, we are told, rose from the dead an essential for all Christians to believe and the most basic element of our faith. Jesus in his resurrection claims to have conquered and ended death for us all and offers us in his resurrection as the new eternal man offering eternal life. I seek to understand, given that Christians are commanded to and do pray to Christ and the trinity during our earthly lives, do we continue do so after our death and entrance into heaven? In some sense what we do is think continue to pray since in heaven we continue our communication with Jesus and all the persons of the trinity. The prayer is different to a degree because in the relationship in heaven we are in a direct relationship and no longer when we pray on earth where we are in a sense removed from Christ and god. Yes, we pray in heaven, but our prayer is a more direct form of conversation as opposed to talking to someone in person or on the phone and by email. We pray in heaven, but our prayer is face to face with Christ. We do pray in heaven but the form of the prayer is now direct communication where was, one might say, our earthly prayers are indirect to the unseen, where as in heaven when we pray we are face to face with our god in the wholeness of his three persons before us and facing us. The relationship in heaven is no longer removed but intensely personal face to face with the one we on earth could only grasp and see.