Utilize your access to the throne!

This old world of ours is quite the mess these days. There are rumors of wars in the air. Society as a whole has decided that good is bad and bad is good and anyone that questions that is quite simply politically incorrect. At times it’s tempting for followers of Christ to just tune it all out and live in our own little spiritual cocoons.

Our calling however is not to ignore the plight of others. We need to do what we can to help when and who we can. This doesn’t mean enabling but assisting. We need to contribute to charities or activities that are a blessing to others that have less than we do. We are to reach out in tangible ways when we can and in ways that we are able. Most importantly, however, we are called to pray! Prayer DOES change things. It changes people, circumstances and brings God’s infinite wisdom into some pretty messed up situations. People can laugh and mock believers for their “blind faith” but as the saying goes, a person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument. I have  seen first hand God move in my life and the lives of those around me in supernatural ways. This year alone I have seen God provide supernaturally in many ways…financially, in healing, with  jobs and in answering heart cries from many people that have sought Him. Prayer is a precious gift from God Himself. As followers of Christ, we can go boldly before the throne of God and make our requests known. This is not done on our own merit, thankfully, but on the saving blood and redemption of Jesus. He has opened the door for us to the throne room!

There are a few things we need to be mindful of however, as we come before the throne of God in prayer. We are to confess our sin before God and ask for forgiveness through Christ. As shown in 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.   

Sin should never keep us away from God, it should motivate us to ask for forgiveness and humbly come before Him. He will hear our prayers. We are also warned about coming to God in prayer with bitterness or resentment against someone. We need to confess and rid ourselves of bitterness and unforgiveness if we want Him to hear our prayer.  Matthew 6:14-15 NIV 14  For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.  This statement is very clear and doesn’t leave any wiggle room for holding onto bitterness. Sometimes it is only by an act of will that we are able to forgive, we may not feel it but we do it as an act of obedience knowing that we too need forgiveness for our own weaknesses and sins.

As we confess our own sins and forgive others of theirs against us, we are able to boldly come before God, through Christ.  Hebrews 10:19-23 KJV says19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,20 By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;21 And having an high priest over the house of God;22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised). When God looks down at us He sees a child that has been washed in the blood of His precious Son and delights to hear our prayers. Through the blood of His Son we are given exclusive rights to come before Him and make our requests known.

We need to take advantage of this amazing opportunity God has provided for us. Instead of worrying and complaining, we need to be bringing our needs and the needs of others to Him and allowing Him to work in us and through us.  He not only loves us but He wants us to come to Him with these needs.

Phillipians 4:5-7 NIV Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1Peter 3:12 NIV 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Matthew 7:7 NIV “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

John sums things up beautifully in the following verse,  1John 5:14-15 NIV 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.

Spend more time talking to the “lover of your soul” and less time worrying and complaining about things.  He longs to have the intimacy with you that prayer provides.  Finally, don’t forget to thank Him for all the answers to your prayers!

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2 thoughts on “Utilize your access to the throne!

  1. Dear precious servants of the most High God !

    Much greetings through the saving name of Jesus Christ! We are a young christian fellowship in Kenya which meets every Wednesday for Bible study,Fridays for Prayer and fasting and Sundays for main Services.We have learned new things about the truth of the word of God from your ministry by visiting your website!
    We are encouraged,motivated and uplifted by the truth you have taught us through your ministry teachings on your website,thank you brethren and may you keep on the good work for the Lord! After prayers,reading and studying your website,our hearts are thrilled for finding that you have what we have been looking for!
    We hope and pray that you will be a greater blessing to our young fellowship and community at large! We hope God has greater things in store for you and us and that He will do greater things!
    We hope we will enjoy God’s kingdom as you agree to share and further it with us here on His earth! Since we are a young fellowship seeking to know and to live for the truth
    such as you teach in accordance with the Bible,we would like to request you to send us more teachings for our spiritual and daily growth! We believe in God’s power since we rely in His true Bible!
    It is our hope and prayer that God open you a door to come as He may give you direction to lay us and our community at large the foundation truth such as you teach!
    We hope you will be of greater blessings to us as you agree with us in the faith and prayers! Also I invite you to come our country Kenya to visit our church.
    Be blessed abundantly as you labor in God’s kingdom,

    Pastor Zephania

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    • Hello Pastor Zephania: Thank you for your kind words. I am so thrilled that my blog has been a blessing to you and your church family. God’s word is such an awesome source for His children and is filled with everything we need! I plan on continuing with my blog and hope it will continue to be a blessing to you. If there is any particular topic you would like me to share on, please let me know. I would love to someday be able to come and visit your church in Kenya. Currently I work full time and have many responsibilities here but that is not to say that God can’t open a door to do so in the future. Please send me the name of your church and the names of the leadership as I would love to begin to pray for your church and leadership daily.
      Blessings to you!
      Lorraine

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