Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Who should we pray to?...

Greg Koukl, over at Stand to Reason, had some things to say recently on a topic which I had never really thought about:
Does it matter who, in the Trinity, we pray to?
In his June 20th radio broadcast (free registration) he explained that, while he is not legalistic with regards to this issue, he thinks that, based on the models we see in the Bible, as well as Trinitarian theology, that we should direct our prayers to God the Father. Coincidentally, Ken Samples over at Reasons to Believe also touched on this topic recently. The prayers by Jesus were, obviously, directed to the Father. Prior to the Lord's Prayer, Jesus states:
But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. - Matthew 6:6 (NET)
Within Evangelical circles we seem to be bombarded with a version of Christianity that is overly concerned with the personal ascpect. While we constantly hear, Jesus loves you, and wants to have a personal relationship with you!, we rarely, if ever, hear, Mankind has sinned and is in need of redemtpion!. The book of Acts describes the explosion of the church after Jesus' Ascension, yet that explosion took place under the message that mankind was fallen. Have we personalized the identity of Jesus to the point that we are missing the Biblical model for our prayer life?

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