In response to a question that was recently directed to me, I have been pondering again whether we should pray to Jesus and to the Spirit as well as to the Father or whether we should pray only to the Father. It occurred to me tonight that we sing many songs that are prayers directed to Jesus and to the Spirit.
If we should pray only to the Father, should we be singing any prayers like the following?
|Whiter Than Snow||“Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole . . . Break down every idol . . .” Similarly, every stanza is a prayer to Jesus.|
|O to Be Like Thee!||“O to be like Thee, Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art; Come in Thy sweetness . . . Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.”|
|“Are Ye Able,” Said the Master||“‘Are ye able’, said the Master, ‘To be crucified with Me?’ . . . ‘Lord, we are able.’ Our Spirits are Thine. Remold them , make us . . .”|
|Draw Me Nearer||“Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died . . .”|
|More Love to Thee||“More love to Thee, O Christ, More love to Thee! Hear Thou the prayer I make . . .”|
|Break Thou the Bread of Life||“Break Thou the bread of life, Dear Lord to me, As Thou didst break the loaves Beside the sea . . .”|
|Lead Me to Calvary||“Lest I forget Gethsemane; Lest I forget Thine agony; Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary.”|
|My Faith Looks Up To Thee||“My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary . . . Now hear me while I pray, Take all my guilt away . . .”|
|Have Thine Own Way, Lord!||“Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!”|
|Near the Cross||“Jesus, keep me near the cross . . .”|
|Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me||“Jesus, Savior, pilot me . . .”|
|I Need Thee Every Hour||“O bless me now, my Savior . . .”|
|Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us||“Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, Hear, O hear us when we pray . . .”|
|Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart||“Spirit of God, descend upon my heart, Wean it from earth . . .”|
|Fill Me Now||“Hover o’er me, Holy Spirit, Bathe my trembling heart and brow . . .”|
|Open My Eyes, That I May See||“Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!”|
If it is right for us to sing these prayers to Jesus and the Spirit, then it would seem . . .
What do you think?