PRAYER is dear to my heart. I pray a lot in our garden as well as throughout the day in my ongoing conversation with God.

Having conversations with people I love is dear to my heart. Just like those conversations with those whom I love to create and foster relationships, so too does my conversation with God, our Father foster OUR relationship.  By the power of the Trinity, (Father. Son, Holy Spirit) we are speaking to all three in one.

A friend asked why I always pray to the Father and not to Jesus. Simply put, because Jesus gave us insight into prayer in his teachings to the disciples and, by extension, to us. Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.”  (emphasis added)

Is it wrong to pray to Jesus using his name when I pray? Most definitely not. When I pray to the Father, I am also speaking to Jesus the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, all three in one. Very often, we directly invoke the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in our prayers, knowing that by speaking to one, we are speaking to all. As taught by Jesus, we also end our prayers invoking His name, “In Jesus’ name, Amen”. I am speaking to Jesus.

Just as importantly, look closely at the rest of what Jesus taught about prayer in what we call “The Lord’s Prayer”:
— Talk to Father God
— Praise His name
— thank him for His wisdom in living a life with him (Thy Kingdom come)
— Always focus on HIS will being done in our lives (over OUR will)
— Thank Him for his daily provision and bless in our lives
— Ask for the forgiveness and always forgive others in our hearts
— Ask for the protection of the Holy Spirit

And Jesus promises us that when we ask in His name, the Father will be glorified in the Son.

The teachings of Jesus, His shared wisdom, is always the best place to start. The key is, PRAYER, communication with our creator, the three-in-one, is a one of many ways foster we foster a relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
MATTHEW 6:6-13 (ESV) <<Jesus is speaking>>
6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 Pray then like this: 

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
JOHN 14:13 (ESV) <<Jesus is speaking>>
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”