Prayer

greg64

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I don't think so... it's your heart and intent that matter here.

Besides, Jesus said He and the Father are one. John 10:30. Now praying to a saint or Mary or an angel... those would all be wrong. But talking to the member of the Godhead who came and suffered to make the way for us - - I don't see how that can be sinful.
 

athenasius

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I agree with Greg Betty, and furthermore I love that you've spent a lifetime praying to God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. I know they are 3 and they are 1 which is hard to wrap the mind around, but I come before them clothed in the Blood of Christ, sometimes for forgiveness, sometimes in awe and worship, sometimes with requests, sometimes to just talk. I love being in God's presence. The older I get, the more I love being in prayer with Him.
 

Chris

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I actually pray to both of them. I guess I have my bases covered. :lol For example, I'll say something like "Dear Lord and Father..." or "O Lord and Father...."

I found these links that may help:

https://www.gotquestions.org/pray-Father-Son-Spirit.html

To whom are we to pray, the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit?
Question: "To whom are we to pray, the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit?"

Answer: All prayer should be directed to our triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that we can pray to one or all three, because all three are one. To the Father we pray with the psalmist, “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray” (Psalm 5:2). To the Lord Jesus, we pray as to the Father because they are equal. Prayer to one member of the Trinity is prayer to all. Stephen, as he was being martyred, prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59). We are also to pray in the name of Christ. Paul exhorted the Ephesian believers to always give “thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). Jesus assured His disciples that whatever they asked in His name—meaning in His will—would be granted (John 15:16; 16:23).

We are told to pray in the Spirit and in His power. The Spirit helps us to pray, even when we do not know how or what to ask for (Romans 8:26; Jude 20). Perhaps the best way to understand the role of the Trinity in prayer is that we pray to the Father, through (or in the name of) the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. All three are active participants in the believer’s prayer.

Equally important is whom we are not to pray to. Some non-Christian religions encourage their adherents to pray to a pantheon of gods, dead relatives, saints, and spirits. Roman Catholics are taught to pray to Mary and various saints. Such prayers are not scriptural and are, in fact, an insult to our heavenly Father. To understand why, we need only look at the nature of prayer. Prayer has several elements, and if we look at just two of them—praise and thanksgiving—we can see that prayer is, at its very core, worship. When we praise God, we are worshipping Him for His attributes and His work in our lives. When we offer prayers of thanksgiving, we are worshipping His goodness, mercy, and loving-kindness to us. Worship gives glory to God, the only One who deserves to be glorified. The problem with praying to anyone other than God is that He will not share His glory. In fact, praying to anyone or anything other than God is idolatry. “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8).

Other elements of prayer such as repentance, confession, and petition are also forms of worship. We repent knowing that God is a forgiving and loving God and He has provided a means of forgiveness in the sacrifice of His Son on the cross. We confess our sins because we know “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9) and we worship Him for it. We come to Him with our petitions and intercessions because we know He loves us and hears us, and we worship Him for His mercy and kindness in being willing to hear and answer. When we consider all this, it is easy to see that praying to someone other than our triune God is unthinkable because prayer is a form of worship, and worship is reserved for God and God alone. Whom are we to pray to? The answer is God. Praying to God, and God alone, is far more important than to which Person of the Trinity we address our prayers.


Who Should We Pray To?

Question: I’ve recently been noticing more people praying to Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit during public prayer times. This doesn’t make sense to me since Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father…” No where else in the Bible do I see prayer being directed to anyone else except God the Father. Just wondering if I am missing something or there is Biblical warrant for what I have essentially assumed for most of my life?

Answer: In John 14:13-14 Jesus said,

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Many scholars see this as Jesus granting permission to pray directly to Him. As far as I know there is no corresponding verse regarding the Holy Spirit. We can pray in the Spirit and in His power, but I don’t believe we’re told to pray directly to Him. Of course, since the three are one, when we’re praying to one we’re praying to all. But personally I’m more comfortable following the traditional practice of praying to the Father, in the name of the Son and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/pray-2/
 
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