Each person of the Trinity is unique and has their own role and relationship with each other and also with us. Let us look at each person, individually, to gain a more clear understanding of who they are and how we can walk with them on our spiritual journey to and through the cross; how we can embrace the life of the Son, feel the love of the Father and ultimately receive the power of the Holy Spirit. For let us remember that all are one and each leads us to the others.
Let us look at each person of the Trinity and find that the way to connect directly with them is through prayer and faith, confidence trust and ultimately, relationship.
We do not know what the Father looks like, but the Son, tells us that if we know him, then we also know the Father. This is oneness in action, for you can see how intimately they are one and how hard it is to speak of one without bringing in the name or action of the other or the power of the Spirit. For they are all infinitely bound together in love.
Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, gives us our most direct way of connecting with the Father, through offering us his own prayer: the prayer of the Son; the Our Father,which we will explore in more depth later on, but let us pray it now, to remind ourselves of each word.
Our Father……( pray whole prayer)
This prayer is the most amazing and incredible prayer when entered into in trust and confidence, for it richly illuminates the Father, in so many ways. Trust and confidence allow us to be bold in approaching the almighty, the Father who is love. What is incredible is that Jesus actually spoke these words, himself to his Father.
Take time to think about that and really take it in.
Jesus spoke these words, in prayer, whilst he lived amongst us on the Earth. How incredible. They are a gift given to us, by the Son, as well as a direct contact with the Father, himself. Jesus wants us to know his father and grow in our own relationship with him. He wants us to communicate, to talk, to pray, to trust, to know that the Father is with us and he is there for us and he wants us to know that there will always be a safe passage through any situation, even death.
Most especially, this prayer is not only for us, but also they were the words spoken by the Son concerning his own life and mission, his own need to connect with the Father himself and therefore let us be aware as we pray the words,that they also had the deepest meaning directly for the Son. This can then, give us new light and depth of understanding on their meaning and power, when we reflect upon them. We can feel very close indeed to God, through the praying of this prayer.
For let us understand and rejoice that Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, brings us this new relationship with God as Father.
Let us not forget that this was a totally new concept and experience of God, not previously known before Jesus came into the world, for God wanted us to know him in this new and more intimate way, that we might find hope and experience the tenderness and the goodness of God more fully and immanently, through entering into relationship with his son and through his son thus entering most wonderfully into a fuller relationship with the Father. Every time we pray this prayer we affirm this new relationship, this nurturing sensitive, compassionate and caring God who loves us all and wants us to know him more
So as we pray let us feel the echo of his words down every moment of time and enter even more fully into the prayerfulness and power of these words. For they mean not only to be a prayer of hope to us, but also and most significantly, yet often forgotten, they are a prayer of hope and faith and a prayer of protection, they concern the love and the will of God for the Son, who, when he spoke them, had yet to come through his passion, to the Resurrection and the life and the fulfilment of God’s promise.
This is the power of this prayer, when fully realised, this is the saving of the world and each of us. This is the truth of love opened up for us, through the Word of God.
And it blesses us most richly by our direct contact with the Father himself! So let us rejoice in this incredible, amazing gift