Many years ago, a colleague at work shared with me his disenchantment with his life. His relationship with his girlfriend was ending. He felt he was in a dead-end job. He was dissatisfied with his self-image. At the heart of this resentment was his anger toward God. “I prayed to Jesus, many times, to help me.” He bit his lower lip in defiance. “Nothing! No more! I only believe in the Virgin Mary! I will only pray to her!”
I was uncertain of my colleague’s religious background but decided against questioning him over this theological confession. His emotions were too raw, his disillusionment too palpable. As I walked away, I pondered his statement. Is praying to Mary instead of Jesus Christ acceptable? Is there any difference?
And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God….”
Luke 1:28-29 (ESV)
Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, was definitely favored and blessed by God. Regardless of one’s denominational background or beliefs, Mary should always be held in very high esteem by all Christians. She was the woman chosen by God to be impregnated by the Holy Spirit while she was still a virgin. Her humility and obedience to God for accepting this calling was admirable. Jesus loved her as a devoted son and in one of His last words on the Cross, He instructed His beloved disciple John to care for her as he would his own mother (John 19:26-27).
Like all of the other great saints of the Bible, we are to love Mary as a fellow sister and believer in Jesus Christ. But she is not divine, nor is she in a position to intercede for our prayers to God. There is only one Person who can do this.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5 (ESV)
Our redemption and salvation is solely based upon the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no other Name on Heaven or Earth by which we may be saved. Only be confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior will we be saved. It is only by praying to Him and no one else, will our prayers be heard by God.
Believe in Jesus Christ. He is the answer to all of our prayers.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.