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  Whom Should We Pray To?

To the Father, to Jesus or to the Holy Spirit?

and

How Should We Do It?




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PURPOSE

The purpose of this document is to help the faithful better focus  their prayers, thus make them much more effective.


INTRODUCTION

The 'Lord of Confusion' - satan - has managed to cause many of our prayers to only be partially effective by causing the faithful to be poorly focused.

A prayer is, by definition, a request directed to God, and to Mary and the Saints asking them to "put in a good word for us" before God in the hopes of making our prayer more effective.

Although God is characteristically manifested to us in two ways - His Son, Jesus, and His Holy Spirit - it is only the "substance" of God - that intangible manifestation that we call The Father - Who dispenses the favors and Graces and works the miracles.


DETAILS

Without denying nor questioning the Divinity of Jesus.... let us review what Jesus Himself told us about the Father....

1.- When He taught us to pray, it was through the Lord's Prayer: Our Father, Who art in Heaven...

He did not teach us to pray: "Lord Jesus Who art in Heaven....

2.- Jesus made quite clear His position in relation with the Father:

You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. [John 14:28]

Jesus is not the Creator; He is the Word through which Creation came into being. That is why....

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. [John 14:12]

3.- Jesus is indeed the ultimate mediator for us before the Father. He is the Highest and only Priest Who can present an unblemished sacrifice to the Father - Himself ! - and because of that....

....whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.. [John 15:16]   

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. [John 16:24]   

Because I go to the Father: I will do whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [John 14:13]   

In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. [John 16:26]

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.. [John 15:7]

Therefore, our prayers are to be directed to the Father while invoking the Name of Jesus - the Word of God - Who told us that: whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [John 14:13]

Of course, we can pray to Jesus asking Him to secure for us, from the Father, a particular favor but it is ultimately the Father Who will bestow the favor. So, to better focus, we should directly ask the Father invoking the Name of Jesus.

How does the Holy Spirit of God fits in this picture? Quite simple.

The Spirit of God is that - a Holy Spirit - which can literally enter into our material body and: (a) illuminate our intellect so that we may see things that we may be blind to; and (b) guide our actions to secure whatever we are requesting from the Father in the Name of Jesus.

For example, miguel de Portugal often prays to the Holy Spirit as follows: Holy Spirit, illuminate my intellect so that I may more accurately understand, and sooner respond to, the inspirations  from God so that I may be able to better serve Him.

Now, when we pray to Mary, it is done in the spirit of what we learned from the wedding feast at Cana:

.... a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine." “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” [John 2:1-5]

Even if Jesus is not inclined to intercede before the Father on our behalf to secure a certain favor, if Mary asks Him He may just do it as He did in Cana.

What about the prayers to the Saints? The secret lies on the balance of our "Heavenly account". To wit:

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.ut lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal. [Matthew 6:20]

Those "treasures" could be seen as our "Heavenly currency" that will  help us secure the favor requested. If our "account" is low or overdrawn we seek "a loan" from a Saint by seeking his intercession before the Father.

The above - which is expressed in very imperfect human terms - should help the reader understand the mechanism of the prayerful requests.... which will lead us to the....

CONCLUSION

Focus on Whom you are addressing; utilize the format clearly laid out by Jesus; be specific on what you are requesting; and last, but certainly not least, sincerely defer the outcome to the Holy Will of God which ensures its perfection.


Published on February 6th, 2019

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