A friend of mine prayed a prayer a long time ago. He prayed and addressed the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit separately. He prayed to each of them like he knew and could identify them individually. Like his relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit was unique from his friendship with the Father and so on. It stuck with me.
It challenged my view of the trinity. I had to rethink of how I understood their separate and distinct roles. What did the Holy Spirit do? Who was Jesus to me? Did my tone in prayer changed when I addressed the Father?
The truth is, I had never thought about the Three as apart from one another before I heard his prayer. I knew that I needed to pray in Jesus’ name, that God was His father, and somehow the Spirit spoke to me. I had never considered praying to each one like I addressed different people.
But while God is, theologically, one Being with three Persons, He is—three persons. The Father. The Son. And the Holy Spirit.
The only way I have known to truly know someone is through time, trust, and intimacy. I must devote a significant amount of time to their presence. Trust myself with them fully and divulge every secret of my heart. This is truly the road to a deep relationship.
“So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.
I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.”
I haven’t devoted much of my time to praying to the three persons of God recently. Thinking through this passage has reminded me of the intimacy speaking to Him directly and separately nurtured in my life. Stopping to pray to the Father for all He has provided. Reflecting on the sacrifice of the Son and thanking Him for His divine companionship and love. Asking the Holy Spirit to convict and guide me in my life—moment by moment. Each member has their own equal but valuable role and can be known individually.
When I pray and speak to God as He is—one in three—I am truly in awe of the mystery of the godhead and my love grows deeper and stronger every day.