Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, Amen.
These are the words of a very well known hymn that churches around the world sing every Sunday. It is called Gloria Patri. It is a song of praise to the whole Trinity. Praise is one the many forms of prayer.
Prayer is a spiritual exercise that involves the whole Trinity, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. When we approach to God we approach to the Trinity.
Some people ask: “Is it okay to pray to all three persons of the Godhead?” The answer is Yes, it is. Each member of the Trinity is God, and because of that we should praise them, worship them and pray to them. Therefore, it would seem fair to say that we can pray to each member of the Godhead.
6. Prayer involves the whole Trinity or Godhead
Even though we can pray to each member of the Trinity, it is important for us to understand that everyone of them have a specific participation in the prayer. When we pray, we pray to the Father in the name of the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We pray to the Father – Jesus was clear when He taught the disciples how to pray: “This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Matthew 6:9.” Jesus gave us the example when He prayed: “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: ¶ “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. John 17:1.” So, in a regular prayer we address to the Father, even though we can call Him Lord, Almighty, God, and other appropriate names mentioned in the Scriptures.
In the Name of Jesus – Jesus also told His disciples that they should pray in His Name. This is what He said: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. John 14:13.” When we pray in the Name of Jesus we pray not because o our merits, but because of His merits. Jesus is the connection between us and God, and it is through Him that we have access to God.
In the Power of the Holy Spirit – It is the work of the Spirit to teach us, to comfort us, to guide us and to help us to pray. He is the one who will enable us to open our mouths and pray. This is what Jesus said that the Spirit would do: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13.” We also have the apostle Paul writing this to the Romans: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. Romans 8:26-27.” Prayer is only possible because of the action of the Spirit inside of us.
As you can see prayer involves all the members of the Trinity, when we pray we pray to the Father, in the name of the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Have a blessed week,