Saints are living people who know, love and serve the Living God Almighty. 

     In both the Old Testament and the New Testament saints are spoken of as living people alive on the earth who are God's people.  God's Word says to always pray for the saints, and never mentions praying to them.

He will guard the feet of His saints. 1Sam 2:9
may Your saints rejoice in Your goodness. 2Chron 6:41
As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all My delight. Ps 16:3
Sing to the LORD , you saints of His; praise His Holy Name. Ps 30:4
Love the LORD , all His saints! Ps 31:23
Fear the LORD , you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing. Ps 34:9
I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints. Ps 52:9
I will listen to what God the LORD will say; He promises peace to His people, his saints- but let them not return to folly. Ps 85:8
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (If saints are already dead, how can they experience death? - So, saints are living people.) Ps 116:15
may Your saints sing for joy." Ps 132:9
Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. Ps 149:5
But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever-yes, for ever and ever.' Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him. Dan 7:18,27'

As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints in Lydda. Acts 9:32
And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Acts 26:10
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. Rom 8:27
Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. F or Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Rom 15:25,26
I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me. Rom 16:2
Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the saints with them. Rom 16:15
If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 1Cor 6:1,2
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout Achaia: 2Cor 1:1
All the saints send their greetings. 2Cor 13:13
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus Eph 1:1
may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, Eph 3:18
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Eph 6:18
Greet all the saints in Christ Jesus. All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar's household. Phil 4:21,22
giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Col 1:12
the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. Col 1:26
and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. 1Tim 5:10
because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. Philemon 1:5,7
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty­four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Rom 5:8
Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. Rev 8:3,4
The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great– and for destroying those who destroy the earth." Rev 11:18
He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Rev 13:7
If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. Rev 13:10
This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. Rev 14:12
for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, Rev 16:6
In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth." Rev 18:24
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Rev 19:8

Praying to the Dead is the consultation with spirits of the dead, also known as Necromancy.  It is a detestable practice to God.  It is an evil practice and a part of the ritual religions of Israel's pagan nations. It was practiced by Balaam. God forbids the use of witches, sorcerers and witchcraft and anyone who consults the dead.  

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD , and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. Deut 18:10-12            " 'Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. Lev 19:31
" 'I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people. Lev 20:6
" 'A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.' " Lev 20:27

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