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We Can Pray To Jesus
He now has all power, and;
He has invited us to pray to Him, and;
The Bible gives examples of praying to Him.

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org
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Beloved:

If the Holy Spirit dwelling within you leads you to pray to Jesus, it is perfectly acceptable for you to do so. Jesus has the authority to receive your prayers and to act on them; Jesus has given you permission to pray to Him; and the Bible provides a clear example when Stephen prayed directly to Jesus while he was being stoned to death.

Of course it is always acceptable for you to pray to God the Father, as Jesus describes in The Lord's Prayer.

I myself usually pray to Jesus, using the words "Dear Lord," or "Dear Lord Jesus," with the understanding that Jesus is God, as explained in the doctrine of The Trinity.

JESUS NOW HAS ALL POWER

Matthew 28:18 (KJV)
  18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto 
     me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:18 (NASB)
  18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has 
     been given to Me in heaven and on earth."
             If Jesus has all authority and all power, then
             He must be entitled to receive and answer our
             prayers.
  
JESUS HAS INVITED US TO PRAY TO HIM
NOTE: He says "I will do it," not "God will do it" or "The Father will do it."
John 14:13-14 (KJV)
  13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the 
     Father may be glorified in the Son. 
  14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 
John 14:13-14 (NASB)
  13 "Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father 
      may be glorified in the Son. 
  14 "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it." 
           Jesus clearly says that if you ask Him for anything, 
           and ask it in His name, then He will do it. No other
           reading makes sense.
THE BIBLE GIVES EXAMPLES OF PRAYING TO JESUS

When Stephen was being stoned to death, he prayed to Jesus, saying "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit," and "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge."

Acts 7:59-60 (KJV)
   
   59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, 
      receive my spirit. 
   60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this 
      sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Acts 7:59-60 (NASB)
    
   59 They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, 
      "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 
   60 Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, 
   do not hold this sin against them!" Having said this, he fell 
   asleep.
        In his moment of death, Stephen prayed directly to "Lord Jesus."
        This is our clear example to follow.
Source: Bible verses from BibleGateway.com

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