The book of Genesis and the Pentateuch teaches us a lot about God being a relational God. In the beginning we learn that in the garden God placed two trees; one being the tree of life, and the other, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And before the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil was eaten, God’s creation lived in harmony with him and each other.
We see that in the beginning Adam and Eve, and God walked and talked with each other in the coolness of the day . When the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil was eaten; this relational communal was broken. Yet, despite sin entering into the world, we still see sinful people in a broken relationship with God. Cain for example, while he was the first murderer, despite his sin, he and God had a talking relationship. even though God told him there were disastrous consequences for his actions.
Today we are New Testament people. We live this side of the cross. Our victory lays in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus took our sins upon himself. In many ways, the cross is the new tree of life that was closed off to us in Genesis. Jesus is the fruit of the cross. And in him, we have eternal life and eternal access to the creator of all that is seen and unseen.
This leads me to the issue of prayer. Over the last few days I was involved in a strong discussion about why praying to Mary and the saints is wrong. My continual overriding question was, why would we want to pray to Mary and the Saints to pray for us; when we have direct access to the creator of the universe.
A variety of links and answers were given, answers that didn’t answer the overriding urgency of my question, “Why pray to Mary, when we can go directly to the creator?”
Some of the answers were along the lines that God was more likely to hear their prayers then they were ours… Uhmmm I have some real problems with this.. we are talking about the God of creation, who made all that is seen and unseen. Why would we think that Mary and the other saints would be able to hear all the prayers being prayed to them – if we thought God was too busy to hear ours? Really, do we really think that the saints have a greater capability to listen then God does?
Another answer was that we are in continual relationship with all Christians, and those who went before us, are not dead, but are with God, and are free from the constraints of this world, and therefore they are in a better state to intercede for us… Once again, I have problems with this on many levels. Jesus is our intercessor. He sits on the right side of the Father. The scars of his shed blood still in existence is the door way for us to come to the creator with all of our needs.
Jesus the beaten and terribly scarred son of God, resurrected to eternal life. The one in whom we have complete forgiveness of sins, taught us to pray. He taught us to come directly to the creator of all that is seen and unseen. He taught us to come to God in an act of adoration and worship.
Our Father, who is in heaven. Holy is you name. May your kingdom come, may your will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.
He then taught us to ask God directly to provide all that we need. Bread is representative of our physical needs. God wants us to be a people who trusts him for all things.
Give us today, our daily bread.
And forgive us for our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
This is a big crunch. We like the idea of being forgiven. But, we need God’s help to forgive others. Saying a hail Mary will not grant us forgiveness of sins. The only way to be forgiven by God is to ask him to forgive us.. and know that he has done this through his son, Jesus Christ. But, he also wants us to live a life of walking in his forgiveness, and we walking in each others forgiveness.
The Lords prayer gives us no wiggle room to pray to any except to God the father. So I say to you, come to the creator with boldness. For Scripture tells us, that God indeed wants to walk in his garden of life, with us, in bold and worshipful relationship.