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December 23, 2021



Presenting Biblical answers to tough questions.

Q: Should believers pray to the Holy Spirit?

A:  Perhaps the best way to answer this question would be to examine truths about the relationships within the Godhead. This may help us know more about who our prayers ought to be addressed to.

One of the things we see within the Trinity is a defined ‘chain of command.’ Despite each member of the Trinity being equally God (John 1:2; Acts 5:3-4), we are clearly told Jesus Christ joyfully submits to the Father (John 4:31-34; John 5:30), and the Holy Spirit receives instructions from both the Father and the Son (John 14:16; 15:26). Thus, ultimate authority belongs to the Father, which may be why just about every petition in the Bible is addressed to Him (Matthew 6:9; Ephesians 3:14; etc.). If we need something, we have the privilege of “taking it to the top” in prayer, and that is exactly what we should do!

We enjoy this privilege because of Jesus Christ, who is our channel to the Father (Romans 5:1, 11). Because of his perfect character, obedience, and position as the Son of God, Christ has the right to bring petitions before the King of Kings. Because Christians have gained adoption and righteousness through faith, we now have the same privilege! This is why many close their prayers with the words: “In the name (i.e. by the authority) of Christ.” Without Christ we would have no right to pray, but now, our faith gives us the right to present requests to God “In His name,” (Hebrews 4:16).

The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is the enabler of our prayers. Believers are told to pray “in the Spirit,” (Ephesians 6:18; Jude 1:20). He is the One who indwells believers as our constant helper and guide (John 14:16), He moves us to pray for certain people and situations and fills our prayers with fervency and power (Romans 8:27).

I see nothing wrong with talking directly to the Son or Holy Spirit at times to thank them for their help and support (Matthew 28:21). However, if we are talking about grace-tapping, world-changing, powerful petition then it is best to approach it as the Bible instructs. We petition the Father in the name of the Son by the prompting and enabling of the Holy Spirit (see Eph. 3:14-19 for an example).

If you have a question that you would like a Biblical answer to you can send it via email to [email protected] or by mail to Formoso Church; P.O. Box 66; Formoso, Kan. 66942

 

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