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Some people only pray to the Father, some only pray to Jesus and some only pray to the Holy Spirit. Who does the Bible say we should pray to?

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Thank you for your question regarding who in the Trinity we should address our praise and worship to.

In the Gospel accounts we find that when Jesus speaks on this subject He points us to address our prayers and worship to the Father. During the temptation in the wilderness when Satan showed Christ all the kingdoms of the world and said to Him "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me"; Jesus responded by saying "You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve." (Matthew 4:8-10). 

In John's Gospel when speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well on the subject of worship Jesus said "but the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:23-24).

When teaching the disciples about prayer as part of the sermon of the mount Jesus speaks repeatedly about the Father being the object of their prayers and began the model prayer that He gave them "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name" (Matthew 6:9).

The Father is the great initiator of our salvation. He is the one that so loved us that He sent His Son to be a Saviour for us (John 3:16) and gives us the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). Therefore He is the primary object of our worship and praise as Christ taught. 

Christ is the redeemer and mediator who brings us to the Father, who has made it possible to know the Father. Therefore we are encouraged to come to the Father and make our requests in the name of Jesus because it is based on what He has done that we are able to know and have access to the Father in the first place.

The role of the Spirit is to point us to Christ who in turn is the way to the Father. Whilst we are not encouraged in the New Testament to address our prayers to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit certainly plays a role in our communion with the Father. He helps us to pray for we read: likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26). When we struggle in prayer the Spirit is helping to present our prayers to God. 

Whilst I wouldn't say it was wrong at times to address Christ or the Holy Spirit in prayer the New Testament pattern is to bring our worship and prayers to the Father, in the name of Christ the Son, through the help of the Holy Spirit.

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey: www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world. www.lookingforgod.com/your-questions

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Matthew 6:5-14
  • Romans 8:26-30
  • Ephesians 1:15-23

*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

*If anything in this answer affects you directly, then please feel free to call our confidential prayer line in the UK on 0845 4567729, where trained Christian volunteers will take your call and pray both for you and with you. If you are outside of the UK then you may submit your request for prayer on line at www.ucb.co.uk/prayerline


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