Pray to Statues?

We were in our SUV driving home on a Sunday afternoon and our youngest says very matter-of-factly, “Jesus wants to be our forever friend.”

“That’s right, He does.” we answered back.

“And we don’t pray to anyone but God. We don’t pray to statues because they don’t love us. Only God loves us.” Ian went on.

guadalupe statue
Our friend Joe Marco from Whitewater Crossing Christian Church took this picture of a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe when he visited us in Mexico. The family who lives in this home has placed it outside their home asking for protection and blessing for their home and family.

In Deuteronomy 4:15-20 God spells it out plainly for Moses that an idol (or statue) in the form of any creature should not be made to represent God. In 1 Corinthians 8:4 we read that “an idol is nothing at all in the world” But who told my 4-year-old son? My assumption is that he picked it up from the day’s Bible lesson. What a great way to learn a simple truth!  Way to go, church!

Praying to an image is an outlaw’s activity from the Bible’s point of view. However it is very common in Mexico for people to have an altar with a statuette of a “virgin” to whom they pray and from whom they beg favors and blessings. It is good for everyone, a 4-year-old as well as a 40-year-old, to learn this important truth. God does not want us to pray to statues, instead He forbids it.

In the USA it may not be as commonplace to see altars with images or statues where people pray, but we might be able to think of examples of things that come between us and God; things that become more important to us than God. If we’re honest with ourselves, we will admit that the piece of our lives that has come between us and God is our idol because it is something that we have come to worship. Idols get in our way. Is there something in the way of Jesus being your forever friend?

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the

Father seeks.” (John 4:23 NIV)

Please pray with us for the so-called power that idols have over Mexico to be broken.

Join us in asking God to cause a great surge of growth in His Kingdom because new people accept Jesus Christ as their only Savior and forever friend.

Please consider partnering with us if you have not already. Our vision is to raise up new churches in Mexico in neighborhoods where people need the eternal hope that Jesus gives us.  We need people like you to pray and give so that we can continue starting new churches and bringing hope to Mexico.

 

We are grateful for you!       – Casey and Teri Hancock

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