Why we can pray to Jesus.
'You may ask me for anything...' (John 14:14)
Occasionally we are contacted by people who wonder whether Christians should pray to Jesus, or whether we ought to just pray to the Father. While it is always sensible to make sure we aren’t doing anything heretical, the Bible makes it clear that we absolutely can and should pray to Jesus, and that He is faithful to hear our prayers.
“You may ask me…”
Jesus tells us in the gospel of John that;
“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” (John 14:13-14).
He does not direct us to take all of our requests to God the Father. Instead He recognises His power and authority as part of the Godhead, and thus His ability to answer prayer. He promises that we can ask Him for anything and He will be faithful to answer.
By praying to Jesus and seeing Him answer, it glorifies the Father. The different Persons of the Trinity are not competing for our attention, but instead seek for God as a whole to be glorified.
You can bring your praise, thanksgiving and requests to Jesus with confidence, knowing that He hears you and promises to act on our behalf that God may be glorified.
Jesus wants a relationship
One of the issues with praying only to the Father is that we neglect our relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
John the Evangelist writes;
“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).
Our fellowship is not just with the Father but with His Son too. We are called to be in close relationship with all three members of the Trinity, and to neglect one is to neglect them all. The only way to develop an honest, healthy and thriving relationship is through conversation, which is what prayer is.
When we chat to Jesus about what we’re grateful for or which parts of our lives are difficult right now, we continue to grow in fellowship with Him. We can always strive to spend more time in Jesus’ company.
"Call on the name..."
In his first letter to the Corinthian church, Paul writes the following;
“…together will all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (1 Corinthians 1:2).
Paul himself confesses to praying to Jesus. As he proclaims Jesus as his Lord, he makes it clear that we can all call on His name. This is part of what connects us as a family of believers; that we can all turn to Jesus and seek His face and His goodness in our lives.
Honour the Son to honour the Father
“…that all may honour the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father, who sent him” (John 5:23).
Honour is a vital part of our relationship with God. If we truly believe that Jesus is our Saviour, who sacrificed Himself on our behalf so that we may have eternal life, then He is worthy of all the honour we can give Him. How can we honour someone if we refuse to communicate with them?
Praying to Jesus is one of the main ways we can honour His sacrifice and His position as our King. As we pour out our praise and thanksgiving at His feet, we honour not only Him but the entire Godhead.
To truly have in a relationship with God in all His facets and intricacies, we must be able to pray to Jesus and have an intimate relationship with Him.
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