Power Tools for Prayer: Mary, Help Of Christians
God made us to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next. How do we come to know God, love God and serve God? As Christians, we understand that this comes from a personal relationship with the Son of God, Jesus Christ. This personal relationship with Jesus comes from prayer, including reading and meditating on the Word of God in the Bible. Is there a “power tool” for prayer that can help us to know Jesus, to love Jesus, and to serve Jesus? There is a “power tool” that can do this, and that is the Mother of Jesus, known by her ancient title “Help of Christians.” In this reflection, we will consider how the early Church viewed Mary as a help to Christians, what the Scriptures teach us about how Mary can help us in prayer, and how we can go about approaching her for help.