Hail Mary Series (Part 8 of 10) – Pray For Us Sinners
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus! Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death! Amen.
Often in the Body of Christ you’ll hear someone’s tale of woe and make the reply, “I’ll pray for you!” I don’t know about you, but until fairly lately, I’d say “I’ll pray for you!” and then five minutes later I’d have completely forgotten the promise of prayer that I’d made. I’ve been growing in faithfulness to prayer lately, but still forget from time to time. It hurts my heart to think of the promises I’ve made that have slid from my mind, especially the promises to pray for someone.
Bring to mind the images of the Blessed Mother that you’ve seen. She may be holding the Christ Child, she could have her hands outstretched offering us love and grace, or her hands are folded in prayer. In the Hail Mary, we ask for her prayers. Unlike myself, she won’t ever forget to pray, and as she is now right before the throne of her Divine Son, she has a pretty good vantage point to make herself heard! At the Wedding at Cana, she made it known to Jesus that the wine had run out (such a mother – so attentive to detail and the needs of those around her!), and while she didn’t tell Him “Hey, fix this,” she made the need known. She longs to have needs brought to her feet, and she takes great joy in presenting these needs to her Son!
It was said one time that offering prayers to Jesus through Mary is like giving a friend an apple. But you don’t just hand them the fruit; instead you gave it to their mother first, to prepare it just as they like best. She’ll know exactly what to do. Asking for our Heavenly Mother’s prayers is so much like that. She takes our humble, imperfect prayers, and perfects it with her gentility and devotion, and presents it to God, her Son. What an intercessor we have in Mary!
It’s worth noting also; Mary taught Jesus His prayers. As much as this may boggle the mind, it is true. If you’re struggling in prayer, ask for her help. Ask her to teach you to pray like she taught Christ.
She’s your mother! She loves you!