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Core Christianity: Tough Questions Answered

Is It Wrong to Pray to Jesus Instead of the Father?

aired January 8, 2020

Episode 353 Show Notes 

From the Show

Years ago, I also felt like I couldn’t pray to the Father. I could pray to Jesus, but the Father seemed less approachable, distant, and sometimes I think we can get it in our heads that the Father is the strict God of the Old Testament and Jesus is the easy-going Lord of the New Testament. That’s not the case. Jesus and the Father, together with the Holy Spirit, are one in essence. They have one will: the Father sent the Son to be our redeemer, and you can come boldly to the Father through Jesus because you have been reconciled to God.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Can I take the sacrament only once or twice? How many times in one day?

2. Is it wrong to pray to Jesus? I know what He taught us in the Lord's Prayer, yet I admit that I feel closer to Jesus (because of His suffering and death on the cross, etc.) than I do to God the Father. So sometimes I just say, "Thank You, Jesus," and wonder if that is wrong.

3. How should a church determine the best way to spend the money they receive from weekly tithing?

4. How do you feel about the saying, “preach the Gospel and if necessary, use words”?

5. What exactly is happening during Christ’s transfiguration?


What is a Sacrament? by Leah Baugh

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller


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