Jesus has given us the power to pray directly to the Father, as it is told in John 16:23-28. What a wonderful gift.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
Wow! That’s a pretty powerful statement. Once Jesus asked the Father for us. But at His Ascension, Jesus gave us the power to petition the Father directly, in His name: “I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I come from God.” And, “Whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”
Do you pray to the Father? I know many who pray to Jesus; they are Christians, after all. But Jesus tells us here that we have the power to pray directly to the Father. The Father who loves us himself. Now, I’m not saying not to pray to Jesus, Our Savior. There are many reasons to pray to Him. But when you really need something (and I’m not speaking of when you want a material object or something that is counter to your well being; I mean something you really, really, really need), wouldn’t you pray directly to the Father, who is the all powerful creator and provider of the universe?
The Father Himself loves you. When Jesus taught us how to pray, He taught us how to pray to the Father, which is the Our Father or Lord’s Prayer. We just need to ask in Jesus’ name, because we love Him and believe that He came from God. And because Jesus himself tells us that we must ask in His name.
God loves us. God wants love for us. Love is ours to have and to share with one another.