To whom should we pray? To God the Father, to Jesus Christ or to both? In Matthew 6 verse 9 and John 15:16, we are taught to pray to God through Jesus. However, in John 14 verse 14 , Romans 10 verse 12, 2 Corinthians 12 verse 8, and Acts 7 verse 59, both Paul and Stephen prayed to Jesus. Please explain.

We pray to God our Father. At the same time our Father wants us to acknowledge that his son Jesus is the active agent in answering our prayers. The following scriptures, you cited, agree with this thought.

John 14:13-14, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be […]

November 18th, 2017|God, Faith, Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death, Prayer|

How do I pray for my mental health?

Embrace the beautiful promise, “The Lord has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” 2 Timothy 1:7. A sound mind is a balanced and healthy mind. The closer we walk with God, the more we will know His love and His mind. What steps can […]

What are the things that hinder our blessings?

Summary: Jesus said obedient Christians will “receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life,” Luke 18:30. But “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:3 (NIV).

Explanation: Many people believe obedient Christians will be blessed with […]

How do you knock and seek in Matthew 7:7?

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7

There are several methods we may use to knock and seek. The first of these actions is prayer. Praying to God, we knock and seek answers to nagging questions and problems. Then we patiently […]

Did Mary the mother of Jesus die? And why do Catholics pray to and through Mary?

Mary certainly died. As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “…in Adam all die…” Since Mary was part of the Adamic race, she did die. The last mention of her in the Bible does confirm that she continued as a believer with other Christians in the early church.   Acts 1:14, “These all continued […]

What is fasting and praying for help with life and death? And what do you drink or eat?

There are no direct scriptures about proper or improper fasting foods nor about the duration of a fast. In the Bible, fasting was most often associated with three attitudes of heart. Most prominently, people fasted as part their repentance from sin. When Jonah told the people at Nineveh that God was going to destroy their […]

Are we to ask for forgiveness every time we pray?

"Be unceasing in prayer.  Always be thankful;  for this is the Lord's will concerning you in Christ Jesus."  I Thessalonians 5:16  (Weymouth)  The advanced Christian is to be so fully in accord with the Father and the Son, that his entire life will be in an attitude of prayer. When he sins, his tender conscience […]

May 10th, 2016|Prayer|

Is there a special position for praying? Some say praying while standing or walking does not respect God.

In Mark 11:25, Jesus said, "Whenever you stand up to pray, if you have anything against anybody, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."  (Moffatt Translation of the Bible)

In Matt. 6:6, Jesus said, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, […]

February 5th, 2016|Prayer|

Someone wants to rid my home from any evil spirits by saying prayers and burning sage. Is this Biblical?

Yes and No.  Praying is always appropriate when you feel evil approaching; however, burning sage to ward off evil spirits is not Biblical. Throughout history, people have created many rituals to banish evil spirits.Yet, none of these rituals were designed nor blessed by God. No scripture even mentions the sage plant!

The Bible does give an answer for […]

January 27th, 2016|Occult, Magic, Spiritism, Prayer, Religions, Satan|

Are we supposed to ask for forgiveness when we pray? I have learned that as Christians we are supposed to be righteous, so we are not sinful.

Yes, we need to ask God to forgive us for our current sins. When we became Christians by confessing our sinfulness, accepting Jesus as our Savior, and then giving our entire heart and mind to follow God’s will, Jesus’ blood covered all of our sins. However, God does not miraculously make us perfect in our […]

January 23rd, 2016|Prayer|