TO WHOM DO YOU PRAY?

DID YOU KNOW that some people pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, but others pray to Jesus in the name of Jesus; still others pray to the Father and Jesus in the same prayer, while others pray to the Holy Spirit?

According to Scripture, would these prayers be received?

If not, why not?

As a start, is it possible to have a relationship with someone whose name you do not know?

Also, is it possible to have a relationship with someone whose rules and regulations you disregard and disobey?

According to 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, “Now all things (are) of YHVH, who has reconciled us to Himself through Y’hoshua the Messiah, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that YHVH was in the Messiah reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the Word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for the Messiah, as though YHVH were pleading through us, we implore you on the Messiah’s behalf, be reconciled to YHVH. For He made Him who knew no sin (to be) sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of YHVH in Him.”

Sin, transgression of the Torah [1 John 3:4], separates us from the Father, but reconciliation is always available to those who approach Him in repentance, believing and accepting Y’hoshua’s name (meaning: YHVH is Deliverer). However, in accepting Y’hoshua, we do not immediately become the children of YHVH but are given only the authority [John 1:12] to do so. This authority can only be exercised through obedience to the Torah, the Truth [Psalm 119:142]. Obedience brings sonship!

But, when we do slip and transgress the Torah, we must turn back in repentance and ask YHVH for forgiveness, realizing the seriousness of what we have done -- we have broken the rules of the Father’s household, His kingdom! However, we do not have to enter His presence alone, for His plan has given us an Advocate who will stand beside us.

Think of it this way: In Israel, a prosecuting attorney is called HaSatan, the Adversary; but YHVH has given us a defense attorney, Y’hoshua, the Advocate [1 John 2:1]. He knows who is and who is not trying to imitate Him, and He will always be available to accompany those who are.

When we appear before YHVH to seek forgiveness, Y’hoshua will be there to plead our case; and YHVH is ever faithful to declare innocent those who are of a contrite spirit and who tremble at His Word [Isaiah 66:2].

Again, the question arises: To whom must we pray? As Y’hoshua taught us, we must always pray to our Father in heaven [Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:2] -- and you surely cannot go wrong following His instructions!

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