To whom should we pray? Should we pray to Jesus Christ or should we pray to Father God in Jesus’ name? What does the Holy Bible say about this?
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” Revelation 1:1 (KJV)
“Though Christ is himself God, and as such has light and life in himself, yet, as he sustains the office of Mediator between God and man, he receives his instructions from the Father.” Matthew Henry, Commentary on the whole Bible, Revelation 1:1.
Jesus Christ is GOD! There is no questioning that (Matthew 1:23). The Holy Spirit is GOD and God the Father is GOD! There is no questioning that either (1 John 5:7). Yet, throughout the Holy Bible, Father God instructs Jesus Christ (John 14:31), sends Him to do things and tells Him what to say (John 14:10, 24). Moreover, Jesus Christ prayed to Father God (John 14:16 and 16:26), asked for His guidance (Matthew 26:39) and said that He does nothing by Himself but by the will of Father God (John 14:10).
So does it matter who we pray to? Yes it does. Jesus told us to pray to the Father and taught us how to do this.
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6 (KJV)
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Matthew 6:9 (KJV)
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6 (KJV)
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:23 (KJV)
Keep this in mind, a good name is better than riches (Proverbs 22:1) and the name of the LORD is excellent (Psalm 148:13). When we act in someone’s name, we act under the authority that they have and we act in their place. Look at what David said and did when he slew Goliath.
“Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45 (KJV)
David acted out God’s authority. He acted in God’s place and did what God would have done.
Now this is the KEY THING: Saying “in Jesus’ name” is NOT a solve all ‘magic’ phrase. Praying in Jesus’ name is an attitude of the heart and mind. Our mental focus must be on the authority of Jesus Christ and our hearts must be attuned to that authority. We have to know Jesus personally and know about Him too. If we don’t know about His authority how can we use it?
There it is, in scripture, as clear as the midday sun. Pray to God the Father, address Him as Father in heaven and/or Abba Father, and pray to Him in Jesus’ name/authority.