DO WE PRAY TO GOD, JESUS OR HOLY SPIRIT?

Sunday, 26 June 2016 11:27 Written by 

 

 

The teaching that we find throughout the New Testament is to pray to Father God…in the name of Jesus the Son…in the power of Holy Spirit.

 

In the power of Holy Spirit is to do so in reliance upon His help. According to John 16:13-14… “But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth- giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you”.

 

Holy Spirit was sent into the world reveal to us what our Father is thinking, wanting to speak to us…also to glorify Jesus and again reveal to us what Jesus wishes to show us. Holy Spirit does so by leading us to Jesus causing us to see Jesus as the way for our access to God our Father…all of which would require conversation on some level.

 

The Son came to atone for our sins in order to bring us to God. To pray in the name of Jesus means…because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross…gives us not only legal access to God…but makes possible the whole purpose of our existence…that being God’s desire to have an intimate relationship with His sons and daughters. So when we say…”In Jesus' name”…we are proclaiming our given authority through Jesus having died for us, risen again, covering our sins, and having imparted and imputed righteousness, authority and power…to us.

 

In Acts 7:59 Stephen clearly prays to Jesus upon his death when he says, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”. We also have our relationship with Jesus to consider. Being a high priest whom we are to love and find encouragement and support from…it is hard to imagine that we don’t foster this relationship through conversation. After all, how can we have a “friend” (John 3:29; John 15:15) to whom we have never directly spoken? 

 

I think the Scriptures testify to a relationship with all three members of the Trinity, including the Holy Spirit, with whom we have “fellowship” (2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:1). “The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it)”.

 

However if we are into the habit of praying to only one of the Trinity as if that one is our Benefactor…then we would be out of sync with the New Testament teachings. God as our Heavenly Father…Jesus as our spiritual Brother (Mark 3:35)…Holy Spirit as our teacher and comforter.

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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  • Comment Link Sunday, 30 July 2017 02:09 posted by Kathy Hongo

    Cool. That's news to me. Much appreciated.

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  • Comment Link Friday, 14 July 2017 18:28 posted by Jocelyn Kraayenbrink

    Thanks Bill!

    I have been struggling with this concept for a while, and I am currently reading a book about the Trinity to try and help me understand what I see in scripture.

    This is so helpful.

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