Connecting with the Imam (atfs)

Does the Imam (atfs) pray for us? How do we know what's our position/status near the Imam (atfs)? 
Although the below narration is related to Imam Ridha (as), it can very well be applied to Imam al-Qaim (atfs) who is the Imam of our time.


عدة من أصحابنا، عن سهل بن زياد، عن علي بن أسباط، عن الحسن بن الجهم قال: قلت لأبي الحسن (عليه السلام): لا تنسني من الدعاء، قال: [أ] وتعلم أني أنساك؟

قال: فتفكرت في نفسي وقلت: هو يدعو لشيعته وأنا من شيعته، قلت: لا، لا تنساني قال: وكيف علمت ذلك؟ قلت: إني من شيعتك وإنك لتدعو لهم، فقال: هل علمت بشئ غير هذا؟ قال: قلت: لا، قال: إذا أردت أن تعلم مالك عندي فانظر [إلى] ما لي عندك


A number of our people have narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad from Ali ibn Asbat from al-Hassan ibn al-Jahm who has said the following:

"Once I said to abu al-Hassan Imam Ridha (as), "Do not forget me in your prayers."

The Imam asked, "How do you know I forget you?"

I (the narrator) then thought within myself and said to myself that he (Imam) prays for his Shi’a (followers) and I am a Shi’a. I then said to the Imam, "I know, you do not forget me in your prayers." 

The Imam asked, "How did you find out?"

I said, "You pray for your Shi’a and I am your Shi’a." 

The Imam asked, "Did you find out by any means other than that?" I said, 'No.'

The Imam said, "If you like to know what is for you (position/status/importance/love) near me, see what is for Me (position/status/importance/love) near you."

[Source: al-Kafi, Vol. 2, Pg. 652]



حدثنا علي بن أحمد، عن عبيد الله بن موسى، عن هارون بن مسلم، عن القاسم بن عروة، عن بريد بن معاوية العجلي، عن أبي جعفر محمد بن علي الباقر في قوله يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اصْبِرُوا وَصَابِرُوا وَرَابِطُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ  فقال: اصبروا على أداء الفرائض، وصابروا عدوكم، ورابطوا إمامَكم المنتظرَ


Ali bin Ahmad narrated from Obaydillah bin Musa from Haroon bin Muslim from al-Qassim bin Orwa from Burayd bin Mo’awiya al-Ijli:

Abu Jafar al-Baqir (as) said about the verse, "Be patient and excel in patience and remain steadfast." (3:200)

"Be patient in offering the obligations,  be steadfast before your enemies and be ready (in position getting ready for battle) for your awaited Imam."

[Source: al-Ghaybah, by al-No'mani, Chapter. 11, Hadith. 13]