According to the Bible, Satan (AKA Lucifer or devil) is a created being, a high ranking angel, a cherub. At some time in the past, he decided to rebel against the Most High Creator God. Scripture says, (Isaiah 14:13) ‘For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God...’ Satan wanted to become god. This is the earliest sin recorded in the Bible.
After God created Adam and Eve, Satan shows up again tempting Adam and Eve to sin. Genesis 3:4-5 ‘And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.’ Notice that Satan tempted Adam and Eve to become gods. We see that same lie today, to become a god, to exalt ourselves. Matthew 23 makes it clear that there is only One God, One Lord. In Exodus 20:3-6 God said, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them...’ If you go into the original language, we find the word ‘graven’ has a different meaning today. ‘Make unto thee any graven image’ in original text, makes clear reference to mankind making an imperfect god, to represent or replace the One True Perfect God. This would include making anything, anybody, living or dead a replacement or a substitute for God. This would include any intermediary that stands between us and God Almighty. (Note 1) When Jesus died and rose again, He gave our prayers full access to the Throne Room of God. We are not to pray to anything or anybody, living or dead. (Note 2) We are to go to God and God alone with our prayers, praise and worship.
Understand that there will be leaders and followers among us. We have leaders in employment, government and the church. We can have others pray with or for us. But there is only one God. He alone is worthy of our prayers, praise and worship.
In the service of Jesus Christ
Note 1 Revelation 22:8-9 speaks of the apostle John, falling down to worship at the feet of an angel, but the angel responded, ‘See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.’
Note 2 In Luke 11 Jesus was asked to teach His disciples to pray. His response in verse 2 clearly says to pray directly to God, ‘And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.’