God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace (1Cor. 14:33). According to the Bible those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours (1Cor. 1:2)
The reason why we do not directly pray to the Father is because of His unique characteristics which are as follows:.
- He is forever invisible (John 1:18; Col. 1:15, etc.)
- He is unknowable (John 17:25)
- He is not directly audible (John 5:37).
- He is forever unapproachable (John 14:6; 1Tim. 6:16)
The Holy Spirit manifests Himself in symbolic forms as dove, fire, rushing mighty wind, oil, etc., there is no mention in scriptures that we are to pray TO the Holy Spirit but in Eph. 6:18 and Jude 20, it says that we are to pray IN the Holy Spirit. Take note of the importance of prepositions for clearer understanding of God’s word.
THE CALLING OF THE TRINITY
The Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) have different ways of calling us but united in their purpose and that is, for everyone to have a direct, permanent, and personal relationship with the Son.
- The call of the Father: “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1Cor. 1:9).
- The call of the Son: “Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Notice His direct and personal call to everyone
- Call of the Holy Spirit: “…today if you hear His (Jesus) voice, harden not your hearts as in the rebellion in the day of trial in the wilderness …” (Heb. 3:7-8).
Jesus Christ is our eternal High Priest or Mediator from everlasting to everlasting (Heb. 7:25; 1Tim. 2:5). It is not true that this function of God the Son has ended according to some teachings. They claim that after praying the sinner’s prayer to Jesus we now can enter into the most holy place and approach the Father for prayer and use the Name of Jesus at the end of our prayers. Jesus Christ is in the INFINITE realm and we are just finite creatures. He is our eternal dwelling place (Psalm 90:1) and we are to abide in Him forever (John 15:4) so how can a finite creature come out of Jesus and go ahead of Him and pray to the Father? That is not doing justice to His function as our Eternal High Priest and Mediator (Heb. 7; 1Tim. 2:5) Jesus Christ is the one personally answer-ing, and actualizing our prayer request. He said: “and whatever you ask in My Name, that I WILL DO that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13-14).
The Lord’s prayer in Matt. 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4 is a figurative or allegorical teaching about asking from the Father according to Jesus (John 16:25). Notice that there is no mention of Jesus in this prayer. If one prays to the Father independent of Jesus who shed His blood to atone for our sins how can we be reconciled to God (Rom. 5:11)? Because without the shedding of blood is no remission of sin (Heb. 9:22). This prayer of Jesus to the Father was fulfilled by Him, for us, once and for all, for this reason no disciple ever repeated this prayer anymore.
Lastly, Jesus Christ is our Spiritual Bridegroom and we are the Lamb’s spiritual wife (Rev. 21-22). Someday Jesus will come back for His bride. He is preparing a place for us in His Father’s house with many mansions. When He comes back He will take us not directly to the Father but to Himself, so that where He is there we may be also (John 14:1-3).
These are among the few Biblical bases why all communications, prayers, devotion, worship, praise and service is directed and given to the Son Jesus Christ and not to the Father nor to the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, the Almighty, Lord God, the Son, Incarnate, Perfect Man, and all in all is the point of reference, over-all channel, Mediator, Eternal High Priest, and focal point in all of reality.
If you want salvation, eternal life, and eternal glory, repent and turn away from your sins and commit your all to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world (John 4:4-2; 1John 4:14).
By Rev. Bishop Carmenia Mendoza