Should We Worship and Pray to Jesus?

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We worship Jehovah. We do NOT worship any false Gods, any idols, any non-scriptural ideologies. We are to worship our Heavenly Father, Jehovah God. Let’s examine briefly Matthew 4:10 and Luke 4:8. “It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

That seems pretty clear – We should worship and serve the Lord our God.  Should we not worship Christ? There are differences of opinion among Christians about that very thing. What say the scriptures?

The story of the angels announcing to the shepherds the arrival of a Savior is found in Luke 2 verses 10 through 20. The Shepherds went to see the babe in the manger. They did not worship this young Savior but when they left they glorified and praised God. No problem here. But there’s more.

Jesus was about two years old when the wise men paid him a visit. Matthew 2 verse 11 says – And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Jesus was being worshipped at age of 2. We read nothing in the passage that the wise men were criticised by God or Mary and Joseph, for worshipping the toddler.

Matthew 28:9 says – Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Jesus did not rebuke these disciples for worshipping him.

Matthew 20:20 – Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. Again, Jesus did not rebuke Zebedee’s wife but instead, explained the situation to her.

Notice that in this last text, the worship was followed by a petition – for a woman’s sons to be in prominent positions in the Kingdom.

Stephen also petitioned our risen lord. Acts 7:59 reads –  And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. RSV

Hebrews 1:6 says – And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

And this next text seems to be a clincher when considering whether or not to worship our risen Lord.  Philippians 2:8-11 says – “8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  9  Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10  that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, 11  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

We also can conclude that it is perfectly okay to worship our risen Lord and to petition him for spiritual things.  But here is where we need to be careful. We don’t know the heart of the woman just mentioned. Was the object of her worship to get what she petitioned for?   Or was she fully committed to Christ and would accept however Jesus responded? Much the same as Abraham did.

We absolutely cannot judge her, but we can use her as an example.

We do not want to give you the impression that we should only worship and pray to our risen Lord. To me it is clear – worship and prayers are appropriate to either the Father or the Son.

Brethren, worship is such a vital part of our Christian walk. Worship does indeed have many facets. But the thing I learned in this study is this: All the parts of worship that we have been talking about are not the end all. Worship is more a state of heart and mind, not necessarily making sure we do each of the things mentioned perfectly.

We can be instant in prayer, we can sing beautiful hymns, we can sacrifice some of our life for our Brethren, we can, praise God when something really good happens to us or our brethren, we can bow during prayers and so forth. However, it just might behoove us to:

Pray without ceasing, have a song in my heart all the time, be ready to sacrifice our life for the Brethren at any given time, praise the Lord for all things all the time, even the trials, and I can bow my heart all the time, even when no one is praying at that time. In other words, worship is not just a list of things we should do. Worship is having these principles in our hearts all the time.

By Brother Dave Christiansen

8 comments to Should We Worship and Pray to Jesus?

  • Gasa

    I would fully agree with both Rena and Barnabus, Jesus himself said all the time as well as in the Our Father Prayer, he directed exclusive devotion to his father, In the Ten Commandments it clearly says exclusive devotion. Doing obeisance even to Angel is different. The Angel did say to John ‘be careful don’t do that’.
    Thank you

  • Barnabas

    Dear Br Peter

    In my mind it is serious, Jesus would not want us to direct the worship that belongs to his Father to him.

    He always tries to honour his father, to worship him is in my mind wrong.

    Barnabas

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Barnabas – I am glad you are expressing your opinion here. We allow the Christian Liberty for differences of opinion. Feel free to give further scriptural evidence or examples if you would like. Thank you for your contributions.

  • Barnabas

    Shalom again

    I saw that a brother called David Christiansen wrote the article, but why put this up, when we know all worship is to be given to the father.

    Kiss the son so you will not perish, ps 2 shows that we shall adore and honour Jesus as the Fathers right hand the one he uses to fulfill his purposes.

    When Jesus have done all he will give everything back to the Father.

    Jesus never said we shall worship him.

  • Barnabas

    Shalom Br Peter

    Are you trying to make people worship Jesus?

    Jesus never said we should worship him he always pointed us to worship the Father.

    The first commandment in the law and the according to Jesus this is what the whole law is hanging on was the first commandment.

    This is what Jesus said to a certain lawyer:

    Luk 10:25  And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 
    Luk 10:26  He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 
    Luk 10:27  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 
    Luk 10:28  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 

    Also when Jesus was tempted by the Devil to do one act of worship to him he answered and said that worship was only to be directed to the Father.

    In Christ

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Barnabas – Thanks. We primarily worship Jehovah. The point of this article is that it is not a sin to worship His Son, nor should we condemn others for doing so.

      • just Stay Sweet and Good aka Rena Luecking (Cifra)

        Thankyou Peter, you hit the nail on the head, it could never be a sin to worship Jesus because it is supported in the Greek text. Jesus did say it is Jehovah God ALONE that we are to render sacred service (a completely different word in the Greek text). Worship aka obiesance is applied to many of Jehovah God’s directly apointed representatives. but NEVER our temple service which Jehovah God’s exclusively reserves for himself. It is he who is in the holy of holys.

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