Why did Jesus pray to the Father?
WHY DID JESUS PRAYED TO THE FATHER?
This question was commonly asked by others who do not believe that God became 100% human (Jesus) and there was no God up there in the Heavens and on the earth for 34 years. May it be Trinitarian or Oneness believer were “confused” on the above-question.
Trinitarians, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, explains that Jesus being the second person of the Godhead was praying to the “Father” which is the first person that is also co-equal with Him.. meaning the Divine person praying to another divine person, which will end up that a GOD is praying to ANOTHER GOD… That is a very big LIE, if we really read and understand the Word of GOD.
Traditional Oneness (too many to mention) explains that Jesus is praying in His “DIVINE NATURE”, inside His Human nature, again praying to the Divine nature of GOD Himself, or funny it may be…SPLITTING CHRIST IN ONE PERSON.
I am not saying that Jesus Christ “faked” His prayers. Jesus is the TRUTH (John 14:6), who was sinless and no guile was found in His mouth (1Peter 2:22)
We have to understand , why did Jesus prayed to the Father.. Because He was in the “form of man” (100% man, no Dual Nature.. etc). He do not need to pray if He is 100% GOD. For GOD does not need to pray. His prayers proves to us that He is a GENUINE MAN like us when He became FLESH.
Being a man and a Jew, He had a faith as a Jew. And He was costumed in praying to GOD according to their tradition. Joseph and Mary taught that to Jesus beginning His childhood.
It is the duty of the parents of Jesus (Mary and Joseph) to teach Him how to acknowledge, pray and worship the ONE TRUE GOD (Deut. 6:4-7). So Jesus as a human being and a Jew always praying and calling on GOD (Father).
If ever He prayed to the Father is because that is the proper way to ADDRESS in the prayers of the Jews as they recognized God. And nobody ever addressed a prayer to the angels not even Jesus. That is why teaches us how to pray “Our Father who is in Heaven” (Matt. 6:9)
As the “TRADITIONAL “ teaching of many, that there was a GOD in heaven that Jesus called and Jesus was also GOD while He was here on earth. The it is very “confusing” that there is a GOD (Jesus here on earth) that prayed to GOD (Father who is in heaven), does this “level of thinking” harmonizes with the true teachings of the scripture? And when Jesus called to the Father (GOD) that “dwells” in Him, then again it’s very confusing that Jesus is praying to Himself. And also when Jesus called the Father (GOD) who “dwells” in Him, how would the Father (GOD) who dwells in Him would listen and answer?? For the DUAL NATURE will stand, it will require “NATURE SWITCHING.. FROM MAN TO GOD THEN GOD TO MAN in one period of time.
What I believe is that Jesus prayed in 100% human nature and without deity , and leaving us the right example in praying as written in 1 Peter 2:21… 21For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, LEAVING US AN EXAMPLE, that ye should follow his steps:
Personally, i believe that it was not a mistake nor a problem with Jesus praying to the Father while he is conscious of no God since he is doing what was PLANNED and JUST FOR A PERIOD OF TIME and for A PURPOSE.
If Jesus did not do all those things that He made, like praying. He will not be setting an “example”. . Problem arises in us because of our finite thinking about the plan of God in the days of his flesh, trying to understand it our own ways.
To put an end to this issue with what Apostle Paul said: Oh the DEPTH of the riches both of the WISDOM and the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD! How unsearchable are His judgments and UNFATHOMABLE HIS WAYS! (Rom.11:33). Really, GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS!
...... FEAR GOD AND GIVE GLORY TO HIM!!!!