For a time, soon after returning to church as an adult, in a Pentecostal church, I was praying to all three persons of the trinity. Though it felt like I was praying to God the Father most of the time.
Then later, after reading the Bible again and finding myself back in Reformed churches, I slipped into only praying to God the Father, explicitly to Him, and explicitly in Jesus’ name.
Looking back at both cases, I was modeling myself after my elders and teachers. And how the Bible models, from what I know.
Nowadays, it really irks me when someone prays to Jesus, especially when it’s clear they only ever pray to Him. Today I heard a liberal, female woman lead a congregation in prayer, “Dear Jesus,…in the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.” Now that just doesn’t make sense; Jesus isn’t our mediator to Himself. Or am I getting too systematically theological?
Can we pray to Jesus? Can we ask the Holy Spirit for things? Or should we thank the Father for Jesus, rather than thanking Jesus? Should we ask the Father to send the Spirit, for Him to have the Spirit work?