Question / Comment - Who do we pray to? Jesus or the Father?
Hello your site is awesome +++++ Do you have any thing about how we should
pray? I am a fairly new Christian and having difficulty of how to pray. Should we
pray FATHER GOD , LORD, FATHER IN HEAVEN , I am told not to pray directly to
Jesus. So Lord Jesus is not suitable, but some pray Lord Jesus!!!!! Lord I see
means master so I am a bit confused.
After praying as a catholic, this is very different but so much more meaningful.
thanks for the email and I'm glad you have enjoyed the
Concerning praying, Jesus taught us to pray to the Father, in
His name. Yet He also said in John 14:14 "If you ask Me anything
in My name, I will do it" - So I wouldn't get to concerned whether you
are addressing your prayer to Jesus or to the Father. And it doesn't matter
whether you are saying Father God, or Father in Heaven or just simply Father...
God looks at your heart! : )
It is important and good to recognise the
privilege that we have when we pray 'Father' in that we are now in
God's family. There is a Messianic prophecy in Psalm 22 (awesome Psalm that
foretold the crucifixion) and near the end of it in verse 22 it says (with Jesus
"I will declare your name to my brothers; in the
congregation I will praise you."
So the question is what name of
God did Jesus declare to his brothers/brethren? It is the name that He used to
show the intimacy of His relationship with God... and that is 'Father'.
the resurrection, Jesus said to Mary:
"Do not hold on to me, for I
have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them,
'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your
This was the revelation - that we could now
be adopted into the family of God and have the privilege of calling the Almighty
God 'Father' just as Jesus did throughout His time on earth!
I mostly pray to the Father (because that reminds me of the relationship I know
have with God), in Jesus name (because that reminds me of how it is I can now
approach God as Father - because of what Jesus did)... but sometimes I find
myself asking the Lord Jesus something... Don't get too hung up on this if
you find yourself doing the same. They are equal in the trinity! : )
details here may help:
All the best
and great to know that you are a fairly new believer. It is a good decision. : )