4. When we pray, should we pray only to God the Father or can we pray also to the Lord Jesus Christ?




Brother, what did Jesus say to His disciples when He taught them to pray? “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name ….” (Matthew 6:9 – NKJV). Therefore when we pray, we must pray to God the Father. Jesus taught His disciples to pray to the Father on some other occasions: for instance, on the night He was betrayed, He said to them: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16), and again: “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-24).

However, this does not mean that we are not allowed to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ, or that if we call upon the Lord Jesus Christ, He will not answer us or He will not take pleasure in our prayer, for the Scripture says that Stephen, before he died, prayed the Lord Jesus Christ, saying: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59 – NKJV). As you can see, that prayer of Stephen was addressed to the Lord Jesus Christ. However, bear in mind that if we pray to the Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot say, ‘I ask you for this or that in the name of Jesus Christ,’ because such an expression does not make sense in this case. We can say, ‘I ask you for this or that in the name of Jesus Christ’ only when we pray to God, because Jesus is the mediator between God and us.