MembersPrayers to the Lord Yeshua?

There is an unparalleled divine hierarchy between God the Father and His Son Yeshua, the details of which remain a great mystery to man.

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: Jesus, Yeshua
Should a believer's prayers be directed to God the Father, or Yeshua? Or is there simply no difference between the two?
Should a believer's prayers be directed to God the Father, or Yeshua? Or is there simply no difference between the two? Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Prayers of both men and women in the Tanakh are addressed to God (Elohim – אלוהים), also known in Hebrew by the name YHWH (יהוה). These hallowed appellations are commonly translated into other languages as ‘the Lord.’ However, ‘the Lord’ is a less focused, or ‘sharp,’ expression than the terms God and YHWH. For example, Patriarch Abraham, the prophets Moses, Samuel and Elisha, as well as King Hezekiah, prayed to YHWH (Genesis 20:17-18; Numbers 11:2; 1Samuel 8:6; 2Kings 6:17; Isaiah 37:15), exactly as Hannah, Samuel’s mother did (1Samuel 1:10, 12). Other solicitations also referred to the God of heaven and earth (Genesis 24:3, 7; Nehemiah 1:4-6), and also the God of Israel (אלהי ישראל) )Isaiah 29:23; Psalm 106:48).


Prayers to the Concealed Father

In the four Gospels, the Lord Yeshua more than once prayed to His Father in heaven who, in fact, is the initial single source of everything (Matt 11:25-26; Mark 14:36; Luke 10:21). By doing that, the Son of God presented a clear prayer-model to all generations of Messiah’s disciples. Specifically, when the first disciples asked Him how they should pray,...

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9 responses to “Prayers to the Lord Yeshua?”

  1. Malcolm Baker says:

    Great, much needed, article.
    Thanyou for sharing it.

  2. Malcolm Baker says:

    Except for the Father created the Son. The Son is eternal even as the Father. Yeshua was not created by the Father.

  3. Malcolm Baker says:

    Sorry guys, having read through the whole article, I cannot endorse it. There are so many inaccuracies concerning the Person of Jesus, and the “infinite” similarities and differences.

  4. Masami Cobley says:

    Sorry to say but your remark “He [Yeshua] too deserves to be addressed with prayers of thanksgiving etc.” overlooks something important. Revelation was written after AD70. Within its first 3 chapters, Yeshua demonstrated to let the Gentile churches know that they all had come under His authority. In fact, since then, all churches have been directly held accountable to Him, but they have been preoccupied with the Epistles and have failed to “get” that message from Him! This has led to many churches keeping Yeshua standing outside their churches. I believe that Psalm 110:1 was fulfilled when God got rid of the enemies of Yeshua – the elders, the high priests and the teachers of the law – out of Jerusalem, effectively putting them under His feet. I also believe that Yeshua is in the process of fulfilling Isaiah 49:6, the first half of which began in 1948. As He told the church in Laodicea, we are to welcome Him into every aspect of our church life and discuss them with Him!

  5. Robert's World says:

    Gershon, you have gone where “angels fear to tread!”
    I think your byline is the best summary:
    “…the details of which remain a great mystery to man.”

  6. Martin j Maurer says:

    Yashua the son of God and God the father or one as is the Holy spirit, they are all one .We have one God and that’s it.

  7. Andrew Chislett says:

    “yet only the Father in heaven created the Son”

    Ah no. The son has always existed. Begotten. Not created.

  8. Taylor Sealy says:

    Thanks for the interesting article that raises many common questions. One thing I noticed is that quoted John 5:37 “You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form” is referring to the Pharisees who were challenging him and not Israel as a whole necessarily and is not referring to Mount Sinai. Another thing is that Jesus came to earth in this instance as a human being in order to fulfill his mission and, as such, had some human limitations. His physical body was created in a miraculous way through his mother Miriam but his spirit must have been eternal, so it’s not really a contradiction. I don’t see a problem in trying to understand these things better in spite of any doctrines of men.

  9. Disciple 1978 says:

    Let’s start with, I and the Father are one (John 10:30). We don’t doubt God’s omnipresence (Ps 139:7), omniscience (Ps 139:1) or omnipotence (Ps 19:1). Now we must ask how can God co-exist in the spiritual realm and in the earthly realm at the same time. Let’s clear this up, He’s not a twin, or a triplet, He is one. Imagine you could be your own son or your own father, would there be a difference in how they relate to one another? Yes there would. The father part of you would expect the son part to pay due reverence. When the son obeyed you would be pleased.
    In Jesus’s life, the father heart of God was perfectly reflected in the Son’s thoughts, words and actions. The mystery is solved, God was manifest in the flesh. (1 Tim 3:16)

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