Jesus the Way to the Father
14‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ 5Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ 6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’
Devotion by Lynne Buell
Verses 6 and 7 gave me a twinge of guilt because years ago I confess that I could not pray to Jesus. Fast forward to today, and I realized that it probably came as a shock to some I may have mentioned this to. The more I travel on the path of faith, the more intriguing (and sometimes puzzling) learning how to be a good Christian really is. Is there a difference between praying to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? When God is busy, does Jesus take over? Is the Holy Spirit last in this order of prayer times? Or how about this…each aspect of the Triune has a different purpose. For example, the Holy Spirit works to encourage us to pray and then Jesus and God work together as healer and giver.
For years and years, I prayed to the Holy Spirit thinking that it was the way to God. But scriptures such as this that highlight Jesus’ teachings that He is “The Way”, provide more for me to ponder and find the answers for which I have so many questions.
I do know, however, that my prayers are being answered, that I am making decisions that are good and right for me, and I have opened myself to receiving the messages of Jesus’ teachings. After re-reading my scripture, I then focused on verses 1 and 2. 14‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? My guilt subsided. Praying is a very private act. How I pray doesn’t matter; the act of praying is what matters.
When I think about the love I have received from God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, how can I not wake up every morning and give thanks.
I offer you prayers for strength, protection, and healing, AND I am ever so thankful for your love. Amen.