I heard it again today: praying to Jesus, and then closing the prayer “in Jesus’ name”. This is pious, well-intentioned, heterodoxy. I won’t take the time to proof-text this (unless someone either asks sweetly or calls it heterodoxy in turn). However, I think it’s fairly obvious that we are to pray to God the Father, in the name of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is how the ancient Church used to pray (note the closing benedictions at the ends of John Chrysostom’s sermons), and it makes good Trinitarian sense. Jesus did not pray to himself. Jesus told us to ask things in his name. And Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit prays with us (Ro. 8:26).
I should also mention that I heard a seminary-trained pastor do this! If seminaries aren’t teaching men to pray properly, what are they doing???
WWJP – what would Jesus pray? I’m sure God accepts our confused prayers, but there’s no need to perpetuate this anti-Trinitarian praying.