Is It Alright If We Pray to Mary?
This is often a very divisive issue, so I’m including as much Scripture as possible in my answer. Should we give importance to Mother Mary since she was the Mother of Jesus? Being the Mother of Jesus is a very high honor, and I think it’s very fitting that God choose a young girl who probably lead an otherwise ordinary life.
Luke 1:28: “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29: And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30: And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31: And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32: He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35: And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36: And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37: For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38: And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” (KJV)
Mary is important because of God’s choosing of her to bear His Son, and her obedience to His call. Her example of submission to God’s will is one we should try to follow. She is venerated by Roman Catholics and many Anglicans, revered as Theotokos (God-bearer) by the Orthodox, and upheld as an example of obedience by many Protestants.
Is it right if we pray to her? There are some passages of Scripture that are interpreted by catholic Christians to mean that those who are in heaven can pray for those on earth. One is the following:
Revelation 5: 8: “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” (KJV)
2 Maccabees, a deuterocanonical book, suggests that the dead can pray for those on earth.
Because those who have gone on before are alive in Christ, Christians have traditionally felt it is okay to ask them to pray for us, just as we ask our fellow saints on earth to pray for us. This is the distinction, as we can only actually pray to God. However, many Christians feel that this is the same as necromancy and don’t ask for the prayers of the saints. I don’t think that any Christian should follow practices that may cause them to stumble.
Through Jesus, all of us can receive the gift of eternal life promised to all the saints, living and dead. We should always try to emulate the obedience of Mary and all the saints.