When I was growing up, some 50 years ago (no I’m not kidding it really was about 50 years ago), I didn’t grow up praying to Jesus. Churches taught us to pray to the Father, through Christ. In other words, it was through the atoning work of Christ that we could have access to God, and pray to Him.
I know some of this had to do with the Bible, and the Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father. Jesus taught us to pray to Him. Now please keep in mind, I do not criticize anyone. God knows our hearts, our love for Him, our faith.
It is all a matter of love, and our relationship with Him being based in loving Him. But I’ve shared this for two reasons. One, is I am sharing a little more about myself. I do struggle at times if I go to an evangelical church, and the prayers are all said to Jesus. It just well – feels weird.
And secondly when I pray here, I am addressing God, as Father, God Almighty, Lord God, Heavenly Father, and I love the Hebrew word Abba. In my own personal prayer times, I pray this way. Sometimes I feel like I lean towards the Jewish side of the house!
Heavenly Father thank you that You know our hearts, and You know we love You. Help us, help me, to better understand prayer and talking with You. Help us to love You always, in Christ’s name, amen.
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