“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 ESV
GOD IS MOVING! Let’s continue to talk about the things that might be in the way that we have control over. We can help God move if we are awake to see what is happening around us.
Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for guiding me and giving me these messages this week. Please really open our eyes to see and our understanding to know what we are studying today. We need you more than ever before to help us understand. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us, within us, and show it through us! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
As I write this, I still do not know the outcome of the presidential election in the United States. Today was a weird day – not only are the people in the USA feeling unsettled, but there is definitely a spiritual battle raging. But before I digress and start preaching prophecy – I would like to get back into the good book. In prayer and in the good book is where we belong right now. God’s new thing springs forth and we must stay diligent in prayer.
So I was asked last night: If God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three but also one – who do we pray to? All three? Then the person asking added that he doesn’t ever pray to the Holy Spirit, and we chuckled. However, it is a deep theological question that causes many long discussion. Are they separate? Are they one? I answered with the only reasonable and absolutely definitive answer I know of: Yes.
It is an either / or question but both are absolutely true. The Holy Trinity is One Almighty God. Yet the part we call God is too holy and pure to be seen or in the presence of us (or more accurately we are too dirty and evil to survive such purity and truth). The part we call Jesus became flesh and can be near us (yet he too is pure and holy). The part we call the Holy Spirit can be everywhere including in us (in us? Even though we are corruptible?). Many have tried to explain it in comparison to the soul or being, the body, and the spirit which is a very simplified way to look at it. The truth of it all is more than the human mind can comprehend.
“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.” Psalm 139:6 NKJV
But as we grow in our walk with the Lord – we learn who He is (and that is more important than understanding He substance). Ya see, asking to understand how three can be one, is a question of substance – like cutting a pie into 3 pieces (all the same pie, all just as pure and holy, yet different pieces as well as one pie). Is it not more important to get to know God personally – know who He is? Seek God – for yourself! Get to know Him. Let me give you an assignment to look up a verse on who God is every day!
I am more interested in the part of the question: Who do we pray to? I LOVE THAT QUESTION! That question takes you from shallow waters into deep waters. When you first decide you want to have a relationship with God you pray to Jesus or God and you just try to get your prayers heard and hope to hear back – all the while covered in grace. And all the errors young zealous Christians make – all of it mercifully covered in grace. God honors your heart and forgives your lack of knowledge.
But there is a point, where you should have the knowledge – yet you aren’t asking the right questions so you aren’t getting the answers.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6 NKJV
So let’s look at the structure and where the parts of God reside:
God the Father is sitting on a throne: Revelations 4:2, Isaiah 6:1, and Psalm 103:19.
Jesus ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father: Luke 22:69, Romans 8:34 and Psalms 110:1.
And the Holy Spirit is on the earth – filling us: John 14:16-26, Acts 2:38, & Romans 8:26.
So, here we are on earth and want a relationship with God – here we are sinners and although we are saved by grace we still are of a corruptible seed. Until we are transformed in heaven, we are so evil that we cannot be in the presence of a holy God – it would kill us. BUT (and here is more of that grace I cannot stop writing about!) But GOD wanted a relationship with us and found a way to do so without us being destroyed in His presence.
In Numbers chapter 18 – God set the sons of Aaron aside to perform the priestly duties. They had to do all sorts of thing to be able to be in the presence of God – but still couldn’t see Him or have a relationship with Him. And people could only have a relationship with God through the priests.
As we know, He sent Jesus to die, and rise again, and then ascend (and more grace) so we could now have a relationship with God without having to go through a priest. As we saw above, now that the work on earth is done – He sits at the right hand of God.
“Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Romans 8:34 ESV
See that – Jesus’s job now is to intercede on our behalf. He is the mediator.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,” 1 Timothy 2:5 NKJV
And then there is the Job of the Holy Spirit:
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
Therefore we are to pray to the Father, like Jesus instructed in Matthew 6:9, through Jesus Christ, by the method of the Holy Spirit. And we ask it in the name of Jesus, so the Father shall be glorified in the Son:
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13 NKJV
So in the Spirit, by Jesus, to God the Father. So maybe understanding the trinity might have a better analogy: the Holy Spirit is the cell phone and Jesus is the cell tower and all the techie stuff that goes on to get our calls where they need to go – and God is on the receiving end.
And when the spirit prays for us, it is like when you pocket dial – the cell just knew to make the call. Giggles.
Today – make the call. This world needs prayer. If you don’t know how to pray, just leave the line open.
If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
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Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!