Desert Wisdom: We Pray to be Converted (2)

In praying prayers to be converted, the early Christians found it natural to pray to Jesus.  Some even today still find this bothersome, wondering if we should pray to him, or simply say, “Dear God.”

Bunge explores this practice and the questions which surround it (pp. 118-120), and his overall conclusion is that the early-Christians prayed to Jesus as a sign of their recognition that he is the savior (e.g. Acts 4:12).  Thus a prayer for conversion is prayed to that person of the holy Trinity who is the provider of it.

To pray to Jesus is not to deny or bypass the Father or the Spirit.  It is simply to focus the prayer in that part of God’s nature where the request lies.  It is also to recognize that the Christian faith is essentially and unapologetically Christological.

Prayers to Jesus are ways we continue to declare, “Jesus is Lord”—and to keep putting ourselves in the place of saying, “I need Thee, Oh, I need Thee; every hour I need Thee!”


About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Desert Wisdom: We Pray to be Converted (2)

  1. Eddie Smart says:

    I have had the practice of praying to Jesus when praying with children because I felt Jesus was more tangible to them

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