31st January 2013

Prayer-It Is Possible

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

It is possible for us to talk to God. That may seem too obvious for words, but I believe it needs to be emphasised. From my own experience and from talking to other Christians, it seems to me that one of the greatest hindrances to prayer comes when a person feels that they are not ready to pray.

They feel unprepared—How do I start, what do I say? Or they feel distant from God—Maybe they haven’t prayed for a while. Or they feel spiritually below par—Perhaps they know that their lifestyle isn’t what God would want. The result being that they feel unworthy and decide to give prayer a miss for a while until they feel in a better frame of mind.

But let me suggest that if a Christian could only pray when they were worthy to do so, God would still be waiting for the first call!

The writer of Hebrews insists that it is possible for us to confidently approach God, however we feel, and that there is grace and mercy for us in our time of need. How is that possible? When Jesus died on the cross we read that, “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (Matthew 27:51) This curtain hung between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, the inner sanctuary of the temple. This curtain symbolised the fact that because of his sin, man was barred from coming into God’s holy presence. But when Jesus died, the curtain was miraculously torn apart by an act of God, symbolising that the sin barrier had been removed and now “we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body” (Hebrews 10:19-20).

We can come with confidence because Christ died to put away the one thing that previously prevented us from coming—our sin. So, “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” (verse.22).

Whatever your situation, however you feel, no matter what your problem is, let nothing keep you back from prayer, and from knowing that because of Jesus’ death it is possible to have instant, continuous access to your Father in heaven.

Father, thank you for making prayer possible. Help us in our need to come to you confidently, knowing we will find mercy and grace.

Study by Barry Robinson

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