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Q: Should we pray to the Father or to Jesus?

In my own prayers, I use Father, God, Lord, and Jesus interchangeably, although my prayers are focused on the Father with a view in my mind’s eye that Jesus is right there by His side and hears my prayers, too. What do you think?

Asked by: Mark, New York

A: Mark, a very good question, and I’m so glad that you’re concerned about these kinds of important issues.

Strictly speaking, we should pray to the Father, in the name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s the way in which Jesus lays it out for us and that’s the way the apostle Paul prayed.

However, because Jesus is God, I don’t think it’s wrong to pray to Jesus. Jesus accepted worship and prayers when He was here on Earth. And so what we need to do is to see that even though the members of the Trinity can be used interchangeably, it isn’t wrong to pray to any one of the members of the Trinity.

But your conception, I think, is correct. You’re praying to the Father, with Jesus there to intercede, and we pray in His name, through the power of the Spirit.

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