Q. I continue to be amazed at your abilities and your willingness to share. Thank you!
I have a question about the Trinity. Does it matter which member of the Trinity one addresses? I made a comment to a pastor, at a church picnic, that God was present with us. He denied it and said that God was on His throne in heaven. If God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient then what difference does it make by which name to use?
I have the witness of the Holy Spirit within me, I claim Jesus in my heart, and I pray to God, so what is the appropriateness of address in any given situation?
A. God being omni-present can be on His throne and present at your picnic at the same time so you’re both right.
Our model for prayer comes from the Gospels where Jesus prayed to our Father when showing the disciples how to pray. (Luke 11:1-4) He then told us that anything we requested in His name would be granted so He could bring glory to the Father. (John 14:13) Finally, He said we could ask Him directly for anything and He would do it (John 14:14). The Holy Spirit doesn’t testify to Himself but is the agency through Whom God’s miraculous work is done on Earth.
While the three are one it technically doesn’t matter who you address.