This week we will look at Jesus crucifixion through the eyes of his mother, Mary. As a mother, I find this one of the hardest parts of Scripture to read. Mary faced the most horrible sight possible. I’m sure she would have rather hung on that cross herself than see her son hanging there in pain. In the past week, since the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the aftermath, we have all witnessed people in suffering pain and grief.
What good is prayer in a time of great pain and grief? What use it is to pray when the worst has already happened?
Times of loss or fear, whether seemingly small or so huge our minds can’t quite grasp them, are the times when we most need to connect with the power and eternal love of God, and prayer is how we do that. What do we say in our prayer? Psalm 57:1 says:
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.
Ask God to surround you with his love and power, keeping fear, overwhelming pain, and hopelessness outside the safe circle of his love, and comfort, hope, and peace inside that refuge. By keeping your communication open with God, you will be able to face disaster with God’s all powerful strength, which is always greater than our own. – Jennifer Creagar, Resurrection Prayer Ministry