COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is the center of our faith as Christians. Since the three are one, does it matter who we offer our prayers to?
One of the qualities of our spiritual relationship with the Holy Trinity is the benefit of praying to the one we feel closest to at a particular time. You may have heard the saying, “You’ve got a friend in Jesus.” His humanity gives Him a unique quality that makes Him approachable in times of trouble.
Perhaps we feel as though we’ve been treated unfairly. An appeal to God the Father might seem best as righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.
Asking the Holy Spirit to intervene may be appropriate when many people are out of harmony and a new spirit of cooperation is needed. “Come Holy Spirit, come. Calm our anger and open our hearts to listen to one another so that together we can settle our differences and move forward.”
Does it matter who we prayer to? Yes – pray to the One, True, Living God! If at the time of prayer you are led to focus on the Father – you are heard by the One God; if led to focus on the Son – you are heard by the One God; and if led to focus on the Holy Spirit – you are heard by the One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is no wrong choice. Let us pray.