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Actually, nowhere in the Bible does it say to pray to Mary. Jesus showed us the way in which we should pray in the Lord's Prayer. At Matthew 6:9 it says, “You must pray, then, this way: 'Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified....'" We should only pray to God. At 1 Timothy 2:5 it says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus.”
Because Mary is the mother of God. She is the queen of Heaven as well. So look at it this way, what type of good child would not do what their mother asks of the? and what kind of king would not grant the wish of his queen? God, being all good, and all just. does both of these things, he grants Mary's requests, and allows her to intercede for us and assist us in a great many ways. So that the world may know of god's love. We should also ask Mary to pray for us, because we are supposed to ask everyone to pray for us. We need those prayers, they help us in our everyday lives. That is just a short and concise explanation as to why we should ask Mary to pray for us, but there are other more detailed explanations that can be found in the Catechism of The Catholic Church,
Can we pray to Mary or other saints as we do to God? Can some person who is at the other end of the universe hear our prayers? Isn't this something that is exclusively reserved to God? How can a saint hear hundreds or thousands of prayers at one time? No matter how great a saint they were, they are not omniscient nor can they answer our prayers (it is a known fact there are more prayers offered to Mary than to God by Catholics). This is seen by the statement by Bishop Liqouri ?We often more quickly obtain what we ask by calling on the name of Mary than by invoking that of Jesus. She...is our Salvation, our Life, our Hope, our Counsel, our Refuge, our Help? (The Glories of Mary by Bishop Alphonse de Ligouri (Brooklyn: Redemptorist Fathers, pp. 254, 257).
Preppyboy gave you a correct, and very good, answer. We can pray to God, for whomever, and for whatever, we need or want, whenever we want, even for our pets. We can pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, or to any of the other Saints, for whomever, and for whatever, we need or want, whenever we want, even for our pets. There are no hard, and fast, rules about whom we pray to, for what, when. God hears, and answers, all of our prayers, but not always when, and how, we want him to, because he knows what's best for us. He knows everything about us, the past, the present, and the future. Frank