“that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,” (Philippians 2:10 & 11a). Some people pray straight to God the Father. I think it is presumptuous to pray straight to God. “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:7-9). “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). We should pray to Jesus because in so doing we are praying to God and the Holy Spirit also at the same time. In fact God won’t hear or answer prayers any other way, except going through his Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19). You can begin your prayer “Dear Jesus”, and end your prayer by saying in “Your Precious Name Jesus”. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”(Acts 4:12). “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrew 13:8).Jesus told his disciples to pray to The Father in His Name, because if he told them to pray to him it would have been a “hard saying” and they couldn’t have handled it. They didn’t even believe in him fully yet, when he said this to them in Matthew 6:9 and John 15:16. They didn’t know totally who he was yet. Only after he was crucified and died and rose from the dead did they fully believe that he was the Only Begotten Son of God, and one with God. “I and my Father are One.” (John 10:30). There are a lot of people named Jesus, especially in Mexico. So you can say Jesus Christ. God knows your heart and he knows which Jesus you are praying too, but you should say, “Dear Jesus Christ” when you pray. Jesus made it clear how important names are in John 3:16 when he said, he was “The Only Begotten Son of God” There is only one “Only Begotten Son of God”. The rest of us are adopted sons and daughters of God when we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour. “But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his Name.” (John 1:12). So if you want God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, (The Trinity) to hear and answer your prayers, then pray to Jesus Christ. I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel a whole lot closer to God, and Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, by walking around and trying to pray without ceasing, and trying to listen and talk to Jesus, than going around thinking that I can go directly to God and, Oh Yea, throw in, “In Jesus Name” after my prayer. I have heard many preachers start their prayers with “Heavenly Father, or Father God”, and say their whole prayer to God, and sometimes at the end of their prayer they will say, “In Jesus Name”. It would be better to start their prayer with “Dear Lord Jesus Christ”, and end their prayer with “In Your Precious Name Jesus”. God, and Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit want us to get this right. It’s about time we did, don’t you think? “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30). “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30). Jesus did not say that he and the Father are one and the same. Jesus was saying that he is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit in Unity of Spirit, in heart and thought. But he is the Only way to the Father. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). Look this is the way it is. Who do you think you are? You don’t just go around Self righteously spouting off your prayers to God especially if you want to have them answered. You have got to go through Jesus because that is the way God wants it. This is his term and condition. If this is to much of a hard saying for you, and you can not bear it then go ahead and say your prayer to God, but you better say in The Name of Jesus Christ when you finish going straight to God the Father, and I hope he will have mercy on you and hear your prayer because you didn’t know any better, and this was to much of a hard saying for you to bear. Jesus told his disciples “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” ( John 16:12). Can you?
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. I believe that you were crucified on the cross and died for all my sins, and rose from the dead. Please forgive me of all my sins. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. In Jesus Christ Precious Name. Amen.