Who Do You Pray To?
By Jacqui – One of God’s Intercessors
In case you haven’t yet looked, there are no Nativity stamps this year for Christmas. That stamp has been replaced with the Lady of Guapulo, a bejeweled representation of the Virgin Mary. If you are Catholic, and you pray to the Virgin Mary, this will be a welcome addition for you.
I don’t pray to the Virgin Mary. I pray to our Almighty God in the name of Jesus. You see, when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, the veil in the temple was torn. No longer are we separated from entering into the presence of God in prayer. Before his death, only the high priests were allowed beyond the curtain into the Holy of Holies. Our prayers and offerings had to go through the priests.
After his death on the cross, as believers that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, we can go directly to God in prayer! As a believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ, I do not need to pray to a Saint. I do not need to pray to Mary. I can pray directly to God, in the name of Jesus my Savior.
It's important to know who you are praying to. Prayer is not just talking out loud to yourself. It is not speaking aloud to the universe hoping that some unknown being will hear and possibly respond. When you pray, you may pray directly to the Lord God Almighty! Sound intimidating? Possibly. But, remember, God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
God, the Almighty God, the Alpha and the Omega, sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins! That same Son, Jesus the Messiah, gave authority to his followers to pray in his name. So, friend, the next time you pray, please take a moment to remember who you are praying to. Remember, as you begin praying and asking God’s help, you, too, may pray in the name of Jesus.