Who do we pray to - Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit or God the Father?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 (All day)

When you pray, who should you pray to? Jesus Christ gives us the instructions in Matthew 6.

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[Steve Myers] A question came in from one of our Beyond Today viewers. He wrote, "Do I pray to Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to deliver my prayer? Yes?" Well, the answer is no, not if you're going to follow what Jesus Christ taught in the Bible.

He tells us in Matthew:6:9 very clearly He gave us the example, and He says, "In this manner therefore pray, 'Our Father in heaven hallowed be Thy name.'"

So here Christ maps it out very plainly. Some of the translations even say, "This is how you pray, 'Our Father'." And so Christ shows that our prayer needs to be directed to God. It's communication. It's talking to God, and it's part of our worship to Him.

So when we look at what the Bible says about prayer , our prayer should be directed to the Father realizing that Jesus Christ is our intermediary. He is there and intercedes for us right there at the throne of God. And so the Bible is clear. Our prayer should be directed to God.

In fact the Apostle Paul asked God's church in Rome that they would pray and have their prayers directed to God. That's over in Romans:15:30. In fact Romans also tells us we can come directly to God. We can come directly to Him and ask and petition and worship God the Father directly. And by doing that we're also worshiping Jesus Christ.

And so if we're going to follow the instructions that our Savior Jesus Christ gave, remember Matthew:6:9 because the Holy Spirit is the power by which God works, and so direct your prayers to God the Father as Jesus Christ Himself gave us instructions.

That's BT Daily . We'll see you tomorrow.


dhenderson22's picture

"We can come directly to Him and ask and petition and worship God the Father directly. And by doing that we're also worshiping Jesus Christ."

I have always had this question. How can we worship God and Christ? Is there but one God whom Christ told us to pray to? Did not Christ pray to the Father also? He sure didn't pray to himself! I always wondered about the World Translation by the Jehova's Witness's mainly about their translation of John:1:1:

"In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god."

I have had trouble wrapping my mind around the character and being of God. Are we worshiping two God's in one or two God's or one God? Were there two beings in existence from the very beginning that are God as in Elohim?


jmacck's picture

I pray to GOD through Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit.

linda effenberger

linda effenberger's picture

Jesus Christ intercedes for us. How can we explain this?

1 Tim:4:5 Word of God (Jesus Christ – Logos)
1 Pe 3:7 gracious gift of life (Eternal Life – Jesus Christ)
Luke:21:15 For I (Jesus Christ) will give the words and the wisdom
1 John:2:1 But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

Another Greek word for advocate or intercessor is parakletos (3875) which means intercessor, a consoler, an advocate, comforter.

Isaiah:40:1 Comforter (God)
Isaiah:51:12 “I, even I, am he who comforts you”
John:14:16, John 14: 26, John:15:26, John:16:7
2 Cor:1:3 the God of all comfort
2 Cor:7:6 God, who comforts the downcast
2 Cor:1:4 with the comfort we ourselves have who comforts us in all our troubles
2 Cor:1:5 through Christ our comfort overflows
Hebrews:3:14 we have come to share in Christ

Conclusion: Jesus Christ is our Intercessor, Advocate and Comforter. He is our teacher and friend. He gives us the words to pray.


Webelieve's picture

I simply pray the Lord's Prayer each and every morning asking Yeshua Messiah to lead me this day as it pleases our Father Yahweh. And all during the day I talk to all three(Trinity)depending on the situation that I am facing, and at night before bedtime I really let Father Yahweh have it!--that is thanks thanks thanks for a blessed day through Lord Yeshua's Holy Name. Amen! I do feel so good too.
Shalom and please pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

Douglas Cline

Douglas Cline's picture

The Bible is very clear on the pattern of prayer. We are to pray to God the Father; in the name of Jesus Christ, and the agent of the Holy Spirit is what connects heaven and earth. (John:14:13-17). There are numerous verses that could be cited, but I think the example given makes it clear.


Romans2verse4's picture

Dear Webelieve,

Thank you for your post and Amen. Yah's ways are simple.

In the name of the Father, Son and the Ruach Ha Kodesh/Holy Spirit!


alex mcmanus

alex mcmanus's picture

we must pray to god the father ( but we believe) is wrong there is no trinity god the father Jesus and the holy spirit are all one and the same.


manishaalli's picture

yes its the holy spirit which intercede for us,also he is our provider,comforter,and our everything


manishaalli's picture

its the holy spirit which intercede for us,he is our everything

Lena VanAusdle

Lena VanAusdle's picture

Alex and Manishaalli,
We pray to God the Father because Jesus Christ, His first begotten Son, instructed us to do so (Matthew:6:9). Jesus Christ and God the Father make up the God family (John:1:1); They are two separate beings, but They are one in mind and purpose. The Holy Spirit is Their power that They grant us at baptism, that gives us the spiritual strength to obey Them and one day be a part of the God family (Ephesians:3:15; Romans:8:14; 1 John:3:1-2). Check out the articles listed here: http://www.ucg.org/booklet/god-trinity/ .

linda effenberger

linda effenberger's picture

If the Holy Spirit is the power of God, then where is God? Jesus Christ said he will never leave us or forsake us. Is he with us or is he not? If the Holy Spirit gives us the strength to obey God, then where is God? Is it that God cannot help us directly, that he needs an agent or an agency to do it for him?

If the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, then what is Jesus Christ? I read in the scriptures that Jesus Christ is our Advocate, our Helper and Intercessor. So what does this mean? Does it mean we have two doing this for us - the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ? Couldn't it be that the Holy Spirit is one and the same- the Holy One that was sent to mankind to be the "God with us"?

Jesus Christ tells us to pray to the Father. We are also to pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Hallowed be His Name.

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