- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and Answers about the Holy Spirit
- Published on Saturday, 12 February 2011 11:48
PRAYER TO THE LORD JESUS
Is it scriptural to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ continually in a Breaking of Bread meeting, and for a believer to confess privately to saints that he does not believe in praying to the Father in such a meeting, seeing that we gather there to remember the Lord?
I believe the custom referred to, though doubtless many godly persons are addicted to it, is due to a defective view of what the atoning death of Christ entailed on the other Persons of the Godhead. It is true that our Lord Jesus alone suffered directly for sins on the cross. There the Divine judgment fell on Him; there He was forsaken of His God. But who can estimate what it cost the Father “not to spare His own Son”?—nor should we forget that it was “by the Eternal Spirit that He offered Himself without spot to God.” It seems clear that to limit our worship, or nearly to limit it, to the Lord Jesus is to come short of His definite purpose, communicated by Him in revealing the Father. Far from desiring that His own should concentrate on Him their worship, He indicates the contrary. “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.” (John 4:23). By so doing we do not set the Son on one side. “At that day ye shall know that I am in the Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” (John 14:20).
Again, to maintain that we ought only to worship the Lord Jesus, because we are gathered to remember Him, seems to embody a fallacy, Does not the very act of breaking the bread lead us to the Father? As the Son is revealed to our souls in His love and preciousness, we adore the Father for such a gift; “Through Him we both (i.e. believing Jews and Gentiles) have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Ephesians 2:18). One of the greatest needs of our hymn books to-day is, I submit, that God would raise up Christian poets, to add to them more hymns of the type of our departed brother Deck’s, “Abba Father, we approach Thee.”