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Whom Do You Pray To?

Whom do you pray to? That question seems, at first glance, to be a rather silly one. But I’d like you to give it some careful thought, as it might say a lot about what you believe about God. Obviously, we pray to God, and God is the ‘Three in One’, The Holy Trinity, Triune God, Maker of heaven and earth. Since ‘The LORD our God, the LORD is one’ (Deuteronomy 6:4), surely it doesn’t matter whether we pray to Father, Son or Spirit? Well, it doesn’t matter to God, but does it matter to you?

Do you find yourself avoiding praying to Father God? Do you much prefer, or automatically address your prayers, to Jesus or the Holy Spirit? If you had to stop and directly address your prayers to God as Father, would you find that hard, or even impossible, to do? Would it make you feel that your prayers were unlikely to be heard, let alone answered? I know that I’ve given you a lot of questions, but that is because it is important.

Our true understanding of what a father is meant to be like may have become distorted if our relationship with our earthly father was difficult. Our earthly father may have been away a lot. He may have been violent, unstable, or perhaps he was physically there, but absent emotionally. He may have left or died when we were young. Our mind may know the truth about our heavenly Father, and we could happily tell others what He is really like. However, our heart may disagree and reject this truth. When it comes to a battle between our mind and heart about what we really believe about God, our heart will usually win.

So how we do start to ask the Lord to change the wrong beliefs hidden in our hearts? We can start with forgiveness; being specific about forgiving our earthly father for things that happened and hurt us badly.

We can also choose to repent from believing the enemies’ lies about Father God and even be specific about some of the things that we have believed about God that don’t match who the Bible says He is.

Ultimately, we are asking the Lord to give us a revelation of who He is in all His fullness. We are asking Him to speak into our hearts what it means that He is our Father God and what Scripture says about His love for us and how He will never leave us nor forsake us. The lies the enemy has written on our hearts can then be overwritten and replaced with the truth of God’s word. This will enable us to approach Father God knowing that we are truly loved and accepted, and that He will indeed never leave us nor forsake us.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for never giving up on me. You understand where those ungodly beliefs about You have come from and why. You want to remove them and overwrite them with the truth Your word says about You. Please help me as I choose to co-operate with You by forgiving those who have wounded me, so I may truly know You as my loving heavenly Father. Amen.


 

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6, NIV

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Philip Asselin Philip is on the associate ministry and teaching teams at Glyndley Manor. He, and his wife Gillian, attended the second Healing Retreat at Glyndley Manor in 1992, and were greatly helped. They have two grown-up children, a daughter living locally and a son in California. They have two young grandchildren and one step-granddaughter. Their desire is to see people set free to serve God.

Philip Asselin


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