The Power of Trinitarian Prayer

August 26, 2021
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As you step into intimacy with each member of the Trinity (The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), your prayer life will be affected in a positive way.

But this idea often causes people to question, “Who should I pray to? And Is it okay to pray to all three persons?”

The answer is, certainly because all three persons are one God, we can voice prayers to the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. In fact, you may enjoy healthier spiritual intimacy by spending some time praying to the persons of the Trinity at different times.

The Apostle Paul’s prayers demonstrate how believers can address the Father, as Jesus did in the Lord’s Prayer, and invoke the Son and the Spirit.

Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:18, “Through [Christ] we . . . have our access in one Spirit to the Father,” indicating that we pray by the Spirit and in the Spirit. We pray to the Father by accessing Him through Jesus the Son.

Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14–21 is the most concise example of this kind of prayer:

For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

From Jesus and Paul, we can conclude that we are to pray to the Father, through Jesus, in the Spirit. Don’t get discouraged if this feels awkward at first. You walk by grace. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit love you.

Enjoy praying and learning to pray!

As your intimacy grows, your comfort, freedom, and joy in Trinitarian prayer will increase.

This Blog is an excerpt from my book, BE: The Way of Rest. You can find it at our site or Amazon.

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