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Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 8:26 PM

Prayer to Jesus?

I had firmly believed that prayer in Scripture was always addressed to the Father. The evidence to me seemed insurmountable (it is modeled by Christ, his parables always include the Father, Christ is the sole mediator. Christ and the Holy Spirit are portrayed as praying for us, but never the Father).

But I came upon this verse in Acts 6. What do you guys make of it? Does it lend support for prayer to Jesus? Of course, it's one verse, and it doesnt' really tell us much, but it'd be interesting what to make of it.

Acts 6:
59And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

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Anonymous theocentric522 said...

Prayer is a form of worship in the Bible, not merely a form of communication. This is why we should never pray to the dead "saints." We worship God who is triune, so by implication, I understand Scripture to allow prayer to each persons of the Trinity. Much can be said regarding this, but below I'll give a very quick defense on Prayer to Jesus.

First it's significant to point out that nowhere in scripture is it forbidden. And although Lord's prayer is a model for us, Jesus does not teach us that such prayer is exclusively given to the Father. Some good questions: Would teaching on prayer to Christ be necessary if Jesus was directly with the diciples? What kind of ministry does Jesus point to when he taught the Lord's prayer? Was it the role of the incarnate Christ at that time to receive disciples' prayers (after all, Christ came to serve, not to be served)?

Yet we do know that Christ is given the name that is above every other name (Phil. 2:9). Given this, would our request "Hallowed be Thy name" be inappropriately applied to Christ? Moreover, since we know that Kingdom of God is also described as "Kindgom of His Beloved Son" (Col. 1:13), would it be entirely inappropriate that "Your Kingdom come..." be applied to Christ?

Further, Pauline Epistles are thorougly Trinitarian. When Paul pleaded with the "Lord" three times (in 2 Cor. 12:9), does the flow of thought tell us that this word Kurios is applied to Christ? Also Paul maintains an Aramaic expression "Marantha" which means "Come, O Lord!"

So along with Acts 6:59, what does the Bible tell us about the prayer life of the NT church? Prayer to Jesus is included. Oh, I could also point to rest of church history as well. But I'll stop here. =)  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a look also at I Cor. 1:2, Acts 9:14, and John 14:13.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

John 14:14

If you ask me [1] anything in my name, I will do it.


[1] 14:14 Some manuscripts omit me

ESV  

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Blogger mxu said...

It looks like the evidence is no where near insurmountable! Let me get back to you guys on this haha. Feel free to continue commenting all.  

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