Thoughts from the Christian perspective: discernment issues as they relate to the current state of the church and society.
We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Pray to Jesus or to God the Father?
“It is interesting to observe that the Bible, speaking generally, teaches us to address our prayers to God the Father.
“I pause to make this point for one reason only, namely, that I have sometimes gained the impression that many Christians seem to think that the hallmark of spirituality is to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ. But when we turn to the Scriptures we discover that that is not really so, and that, as here [Eph.1:15-17], prayers are normally offered to the Father. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Mediator, not the end; He is the One who brings us to the Father. We go to the Father by Him; He is the great High Priest; He is our representative. Normally we do not pray to Him, but to the Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, through the Lord Jesus Christ, relying upon the Lord Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Peter reminds us, all He has done is designed to bring us to God, not to Himself. We must not attach too much importance to this, yet it is important that we should observe it, because there is an enemy at hand who is always ready to mislead us; and to persuade us to false emphasis in certain matters.
“I have sometimes thought that perhaps the greatest danger confronting evangelicals at the present time is (and I speak with reverence) so to emphasize the Person of the Son as to forget the Father. We fail to realize that the Son came to glorify the Father and to bring us to Him.” D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Ultimate Promise: An Exposition of Ephesians 1, p.328
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