5/2: Praying to Our Triune God

Whenever we try to explain anything about God, all we have to use is earthly examples and the limits of language. An infinite God can hardly be adequately explained by the finite, but that’s all we have to work with and the best we can do. So when I was recently asked a question about prayer and the Trinity, I found myself in this infinite-God-finite-language dilemma. The question was: to whom are we praying: God the Father, God the Son Jesus, or God the Holy Spirit?

First of all, we needed to establish a clear understanding of the Trinity. How is God one yet three? The best explanation I have ever heard was from Dr. Fred Campbell. Think of the sun in the sky.

  • The sun has mass; it is a thing that exists. The mass represents God the Father. God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM… Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” Exodus 3:14 (NKJ).
  • The sun gives off light. The light represents God the Son, Jesus Christ. Light shows us the way to God. Jesus Himself says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6 (NKJ). And again He says, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” John 8:12 (NKJ)
  • The sun radiates heat. Ever heard of solar energy? Heat represents the Holy Spirit who is our power. John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life…” and Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”

With that understood, now we can answer the question. When we pray, we are praying to the Godhead. If we must have a breakdown, we pray to God the Father, through (in) the name of Jesus Christ, and by the leading of the Holy Spirit. God is Creator of all and over all and it’s before Him we will stand. Jesus is our passage to God (“no man comes to the Father except through me”). The Holy Spirit empowers us and directs our hearts and minds as we submit to God in prayer. The Holy Spirit “will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13), and “helps in our weaknesses. for we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” Romans 8:26 (NKJ). However, in the same way in which we cannot separate the mass of the sun from its light and its heat, we cannot separate God the Father from the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The bottom line is: God’s got it covered when we pray. Frankly, I really don’t think God is so concerned with semantics. I don’t think He minds if we call Him Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit – just as long as we call.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on May 2, 2013.

2 Responses to “5/2: Praying to Our Triune God”

  1. Thank you very much. Corinne

  2. AWESOME! Thank you.


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