Allah Taala said in Surah al-Maeda (35):
O you who believe! be careful of (your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him and strive hard in His way that you may be successful.
Shias of the present and the past used this Noble Verse to justify worse types of shirk which came to their mind. You would see them openly asking their Imams for child, wealth, health, in all corners of the earth. Just they keeping in their mind that their Imams, would hear this pray in all places, understand each language of each shia, and just transfer this duas to Allah. WalAuthubillah!
Just want to give two examples, how shia texts refutes this idea!
It is famous and known Hutba from one of the most authentic Shia books, which some of their scholars called “brother of Quran”.
In “Nahjul Balagha” (thk: Muhammad Abduh) (1/215-216):
إنّ أفضل ما توسل به المتوسلون إلى الله سبحانه وتعالى الإيمان به وبرسوله والجهاد في سبيله فإنه ذروة الإسلام، وكلمة الإخلاص إنها الفطرة، وإقامة الصلاة فإنها الملة، وإيتاء الزكاة فإنها فريضة واجبة، وصوم شهر رمضان فإنه جُنة من العقاب، وحج البيت واعتماره فإنهما ينفيان الفقر ويرحضان الذنب، وصلة الرحم فإنها مثراة في المال ومنساة في الأجل، وصدقة السر فإنها تكفر الخطيئة، وصدقة العلانية فإنها تدفع ميتة السوء، وصنائع المعروف فإنها تقي مصارع الهوان
The best means by which seekers of nearness to Allah, the Glorified, the Exalted, seek nearness, is the belief in Him and His Prophet, fighting in His cause, for it is the high pinnacle of Islam, and (to believe) in the kalimatu’l-‘ikhlas (the expression of Divine purification) for it is just nature and the establishment of prayer for it is (the basis of) community, payment of zakat (Islamic tax) for it is a compulsory obligation, fasting for the month of Ramadan for it is the shield against chastisement, the performance of hajj of the House of Allah (i. e . Ka`bah) and its `umrah (other than annual visit) for these two acts banish poverty and wash away sins, regard for kinship for it increases wealth and length of life, to giving alms secretly for it covers shortcomings, giving alms openly for it protects against a bad death and extending benefits (to people) for it saves from positions of disgrace. (see in English)
Imam Sajad, Ali ibn Zaynalabidin said in the dua, which is attributed to him, in the book “as-Saheefa al-Kamila as-Sajadiyah” (p 245):
ولا وسيلة لنا إليك إلا أنت
And there is NO waseela for us to you EXCEPT (BY) YOU.
Ayatolla Sayyed Shubbar in his commentary to Quran, at page 184, said:
“O you who believe! be careful of (your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him” – Meaning the obedience that you take as a means to reach his reward.
Shaykh of shias at-Tabarsi in his commentary “Majmaul Bayan” said:
وابتغوا إليه الوسيلة أي أطلبوا إليه القربة بالطاعات
“and seek means of nearness to Him” meaning seek nearness to Him by obedience.