To Whom Should I Pray?

April 13, 2019

“Since prayer is a principal element of worship and fundamental to the believer’s walk with God, it is critical that we understand not just how to pray but to whom we should pray. The answer to this question not only guides our prayers in a practical way, but it reinforces essential Christian doctrine and fosters true piety.

“Biblical prayer is ordinarily to be addressed to the Father, in the name of the Son, by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. This scriptural pattern calls attention to the Trinitarian nature of redemption and underscores key aspects of the believer’s relationship with God.

“First, prayer should ordinarily be directed to God the Father. Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” The Father sent His Son into the world to redeem sinners and to reconcile us to Him. Through faith in Christ, we may boldly cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Gal. 4:6). The Apostle Paul writes, “Through [Jesus] we…have access in one Spirit to the Father.” As a general rule, therefore, our prayers should be addressed to the Father.”

To Whom Should I Pray? by Jon D. Payne (TABLETALK Magazine)

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