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Prayer

From Steve-

Rick -

When I pray, I feel like I'm praying to a Father (Father figure) or Lord (King; Highest power; End all be all).  When I give thanks in prayer, I feel like it's to a Lord.  When I think of Jesus' sacrifice and death for me I view it like one man dying in the place of another - like a war movie where one soldier takes a bullet for another, or where one man is sacrificed and the result is his family is saved.

Though they are the Holy Trinity I view God, when I pray, as a Father.  When I screw up and ask for forgiveness, a Father.  When success finds me and I give thanks, a Lord.  When I find something in the world is beautiful because God created it, I give thanks to God, our Lord.  

That's just what goes on behind the scenes in my mind when I pray and what I feel when I pray - when I think about who is listening, it's the Father.  When I am seeking guidance, wisdom, selflessness, I pray to a Father.  Other times, I feel like I'm thanking the highest available power, our Lord.

Depending upon what I pray about, I will usually address either Father or Lord "Father, please help me to understand your plan..." or other times when I'm giving thanks, it can be "Lord, thank you for your many blessings which I do not deserve..."

I don't know what's right or wrong, but that at least is how I do it sometimes.
Rick

Steve,

As you know, the engagement of the heart in prayer is the primary issue.  A recited prayer also has merit when from the heart.  

This verse jumped out at me today: Galatians 4:6  “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”  The reason this stood out to me is our position is mentioned and all the elements of the trinity are represented within the subject of prayer.

In Mathew 6:6-13 Christ says “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.  After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

We know the righteousness of Jesus Christ is our access to God the Father.  We know that it is God’s will that the Holy Spirit move through our life.  We know Jesus is the first-fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said in John 10:30 “I and [my] Father are one”, so praying to the Father, Holy Spirit and Christ are interchangeable.  

Personally, it is the will of God the Father that I request in my life, enabled by the presence of the Holy Spirit for the glory of Jesus Christ.

One final thought in 1Theselonians 5:17, we are instructed to “Pray without ceasing”.

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