- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and Answers about the Holy Spirit
- Published on Saturday, 12 February 2011 11:50
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Is it right to pray to the Holy Ghost?
Which Scriptures, if any, can be cited to justify this, either directly or by implication?
It is not according to God’s order as laid down in His Word. The glorious Three in One, though co-equal, co-eternal and co-substantial (that is each possessing the whole Divine substance), are not identical in function and relation, as any thoughtful reader of the Scripture will allow at once. The Father sends the Son, the Son by the Eternal Spirit offers Himself to God, the Spirit proceedeth from the Father, Who sends Him forth in the name of the Son. The Father desires worshippers. Such can only come through the Son, and in the power of the Spirit. All these purposes and functions are also the work of the Divine Being in the Unity of His essence.
It is therefore quite beside the mark to insist on predicating of each of the Blessed Divine Persons the same relations, lest we dishonour any One of Them. We pray to the Father and the Son (John 14:13, 14), but never are we told to do this to the Holy Spirit; nor have we one instance SO far as I know, of any such exercise. Whatever pious ecclesiastics, often governed as much by their feelings as by the Word, may say, we cannot presume to be wiser than God, or to go beyond His Word, or honour Him by going outside what He has revealed. The ultimate divine order is given in Ephesians 2:18 “For through Him (the Son) we both (Jew and Gentile) have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”