Should we pray to the Father, to the Son, or to the Holy Spirit?

Our worship, prayers, and all of the attending things are Trinitarian from beginning to end. When we look at the function of the different members of the Godhead with respect to prayer, we see that the second person of the Trinity, Christ, intercedes for us as our Great High Priest. That’s why we usually pray in the name of Jesus.

Additionally, the Holy Spirit assists us in articulating our prayers to the Son, who then carries them to the Father. We make that distinction among persons, but we’re distinguishing among three persons of one being. So, all that we do in this case is fully Trinitarian.

 

This is a transcript of R.C. Sproul’s answer given during our 2015 Pilgrims in Progress Regional Conference, and has been lightly edited for readability. To ask Ligonier a biblical or theological question, just visit Ask.Ligonier.org or message us on Facebook or Twitter.