I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have felt like I don’t know who I am praying to.  We have God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  If I’m praying to God the Father, does Jesus feel left out?  If I pray to Jesus, am I wrong because I should be praying to the Father?  I have been known to just mix things up a bit.  You know, pray to one and then pray to the other the next time.  I want to be fair, and I also want to cover my bases.

There really is no need for such confusion, though.  Jesus told us to pray, “Our Father who art in Heaven….”  As far as I have ever read, Jesus never told us to pray to Him, only to the Father.  But we are to pray in the name of Jesus.  Jesus tells us this himself in the book of John several times.  Chapter 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-24; and 16:26.  He tells us that when we do that, God will hear our prayers and will “give you anything you ask for.”  [I caution you here, though…remember that when you ask in Jesus’ name, you attach His name to your request.  Be sure to ask for what will bring honor and glory to Him.]

We are also told that the Holy Spirit will pray for us in utterances we cannot understand when we don’t know how, or what to pray.  Romans 8:26-27 (NCV) – “Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness.  We do not know how to pray as we should.  But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain.  God can see what is in people’s hearts.  And he knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way God wants.”

But Jesus is the one who speaks to us…through the Holy Spirit.  In John 16:13-15 Jesus says, “But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth.  He will not speak his own words, but he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is to come.  The Spirit of truth will bring glory to me, because he will take what I have to say and tell it to you.  All that the Father has is mine.  That is why I said that the Spirit will take what I have to say and tell it to you.”

We pray to God the Father.  The Spirit prays for us as we pray.  And Jesus speaks to us through the Spirit.  It is a perfect circle that includes all three members of the Trinity.  Not a single prayer or message ever gets lost in the delivery process.  And honestly, I find it so comforting that Jesus is the One who’s words I hear when the Spirit speaks to me.  Perhaps it is because of His great sacrifice for me at the cross, and the love that caused Him to lay down His life for me.  Perhaps it is because He calls me friend (John 15:15).  Maybe it is because He is the One of the Trinity who bore the weight of humanness as He walked this earth.  I’m not sure.  I am sure of this, when the Spirit speaks, I am hearing the words of my Lord and Savior directed just to me.  I am overwhelmed by His goodness and His love!!!