PRAYER TOOL – PART 9 PRAYING A TRINITY PRAYER
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
I. Praying with focus on the Trinity helps our hearts receive specific biblical ways the Father, Son and Holy Spirit want to bless and minister to us.
God is the “three in One.” We grow in our intimacy with God as He reveals Himself in each role or expression of His personhood. There are many places in the Scripture where the distinctive roles of the Trinity are displayed. These include:
-Father is the Source
-Jesus is the word
-Holy Spirit moves and executes the initiative of the Son at Jesus’ baptism
-Jesus fulfills Father’s plan by becoming and walking in our steps as God in man
-Holy Spirit anoints Jesus
-Father speaks the blessing of love on Jesus.
The verse at the top of this page (2 Corinthians 13:14) encourages us to focus on a particular attribute of each member of the Trinity:
-The grace of Jesus
-The love of the Father
-The fellowship of Holy Spirit
II. The grace of Jesus
We begin seeing His grace, praising, thanking, and receiving Jesus’ grace. It is through Jesus incarnation, sacrificial death and atonement, glorious resurrection, and soon return that we have redemption, forgiveness, favor, intimacy, and hope.
We should pray God’s amazing grace on our life. The song “Amazing Grace” gives us some beautiful language to begin. We should pray to understand and receive all the benefits Jesus brings us by dying as our substitute and rising as our representative to intercede before the Father for us. Thank Him that you are not only forgiven, but you were crucified with Christ.
In grace, God looks upon you with the affection and favor He has for Jesus. Let His grace move you to go boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy and help for every area of your life (Hebrews 4:16).
Rejoice that you, because of grace, have divine favor, ability, and power to move under God’s anointing to be blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ. Begin to praise and pray from a position of being in Christ. Affirm all that Jesus has become for you and in you because of grace. I Corinthians 1:30 says, “He has become for you wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.”
III. Next we look to the Father for love.
The kind of love the Father has for us is unconditional. I John 3:1 says “See/Behold the great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are.”
This love, in the Old Testament is referred to as covenant love- “hesed”. Many times, it is interpreted as loving-kindness or forever, never-ending, inseparable love. It is love based not on anything in us, but completely based on who He is! He is love. His love never depends on some kind of spiritual credit score we have; it is endless and perfect all of the time.
Our prayers in this regard, should reflect what Jesus must have thought and felt as He heard His Father speak over Him, “You are my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” We should bask in worship in the reality of being the Father’s delight, and realizing the cost of giving His own Son to die for us, so that we could know His love and become His child.
I recommend speaking His love to every possible fear you could face in your life since perfect love casts out all fear. We should declare all that God’s covenant of love implies, especially that we can be confident all of the promises of God are “yes” and “amen” for us in Christ Jesus because of His love.
We should ask that He would press the awareness of His love to our deepest subconscious, so we would no longer react out of condemnation, intimidation, or inferiority. We should spend time realizing we are wrapped in His embrace, and responding by crying out “Abba Father.”
III. Experiencing the fellowship of Holy Spirit
Experiencing the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in prayer is such a wonderful thing. We should in stillness and gratitude celebrate His presence in us, with us, surrounding us, and going before us. Fellowship implies a very intimate friendship, like that of a very best friend. It implies deep two-way conversations and a strong warm sense of companionship in the face of anything and everything we could be going through.
As we fellowship with Holy Spirit, we should ask Him to show us what He is praying for us, and would want to pray through us regarding God’s will for all our circumstances. We should ask for our spirit to be illuminated in the truth and reality of God’s Word, that He wants to highlight in our situations today.
We should talk about His fruit and gifts. The fruit of His Spirit represent His gifts that empower us in the face of every problem, whether with circumstances, people, or ourselves. One by one we can ask for Him to reveal HIS love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We can also ask for Him to show us how He wants His gifts to manifest in our lives regarding different opportunities to serve and minister to others. We can thank Him that these gifts are in us and with us because they are His gifts and He is in us. We can talk to Him about any messages of wisdom or knowledge He wants to give to us or through us. We can ask for the gifts of faith, healing, and miraculous powers to flow. We can ask Him to let us move in prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. I love to spend time just praying in tongues and let the Holy Spirit’s prayers flow out of me in this way.
As we fellowship, we can ask for His infusion of life into our worship and adoration of all of the members of the Trinity. He is the One who provides affections, revelations, expressions of deepest love and thanksgiving. He fills us with power, and makes us deeply aware of God’s presence in all of His dimensions and glory.
During this “Trinity Prayer” be sure and ask the Lord how He wants to reveal Himself: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in your life.