There was recently a paper that published an article that didn’t quite say addressing Jesus Christ, God the Son, in prayer was quite wrong, but that we ought to treat the Lord like he was a Post Office.
The article basically said we pray through Christ and not to him. The article hinted that any prayer to Christ was wrong. It said only God the Father should be addressed in prayer.
The article was wrong in many ways, but I will put forward only two. First, and foremost, God is one being in his characteristics and his attributes. Although God is three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all possess omnipotence (all-powerful), omniscience (all-knowing), and omnipresence (everywhere at the same time). Which one would be unable to hear a prayer?
Does the editor of the paper and its author think that a prayer said to God is not also in the “ears” of the Son and the Holy Spirit? What part of omniscience don’t they get? What the writer tried to do was bend John 16:24-29 and make the Son of God look like a postal clerk stamping letters. “Oh, this one is just for the Father,” he would have the Son of God say.
Would not all of the godhead hear the same prayer?
Secondly, in Acts 7:59-60, Stephen, as he was being stoned, prayed and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Now, according to the writer and editor of this paper, Stephen was wrong — almost sinful — to do this. I don’t think he was. You see, Jesus is our Paraclete (1 John 2:1-2) as well as the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-28). Could they intercede for us without hearing our prayers? Such nonsense.