Why is it, in the Christian world, it seems that the focus is more on Jesus than on God? Indeed, Jesus (being God) died for our sins and only through Him do we have salvation. Through what He Himself has done, He has brought glory of the Father to us and taught us to pray “our Father.” Yet, most evangelical Christian prayers are directed to Jesus, through their songs and words, Christians seem to use Christ’s name more than the Father’s. To me, it seems that we should give equal attention to the three persons of the Holy Trinity, right?
In the New Testament, we find the following written in the epistle addressed to the Hebrews:
1 Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. 2 In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. 3 The Son is the radiance of Gods glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 4 So He became higher in rank than the angels, just as the name He inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1)
God is the One who has put His Son, Jesus Christ, in the highest position possible. He has made Him heir of all things. Jesus is the reflection of God’s glory and the express image of His character. By doing so, God demonstrates their Oneness and equality. Elsewhere in the Holy Scriptures we find the following:
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church ; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross ; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1)
In the epistle to the Philippian church we discover the following:
6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2)
With all three texts, we see that God gave Jesus a special position and He wants all people to respect this position.
As to praying to the Savior, the Bible teaches us to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Having this in mind, I wrote the following article “Are we to pray to God the Father or Jesus Christ?”.
The apostles prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ giving the same honor to the Holy Trinity. Here, for example, is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians.
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith ; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. (Colossians 3)
Or, here’s an example how Paul begins his epistle to the Ephesians.
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1)
Read the beginning and end of the epistles and you will see that the authors give equal honor and worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In fact, it is very important for every person to read as much as the Holy Scriptures, investigating what is there so that when we pray, we pray according to the will of God and the words of God. May He help us pray without ceasing.
Translation by: Erik Brewer