“In him through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians3:12)
Jesus told us that if you know God, you know Him and vice versa. Therefore, if we have faith in God through Christ, then when you pray you can reach out to either.
God was the Creator and Jesus His Son, came to this earth to preach about God and His Word, and through His own actions, He also model prayer. Jesus is our advocate with God, as is the Holy Spirit, who will convey our prayers to God, even when we cannot even utter a word. Prayer is our communication and an integral part of our relationship with Him.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Why is it so hard for some to pray to the one true God, yet people will speak to people who can do nothing for them? Abba, we know and understand how much You love us, and through our own prayer lives, we pray for ourselves and also for others. We love You, and seek a daily relationship with You always, not just on holidays and at those times we find ourselves in some kind of trouble. Continue to guide us by the Holy Spirit, in every situation of our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Our weakness makes room for God’s power.”
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—-yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews4:15–16)
If Christ had never become human, an approach to His throne would be either intimidating or insolent. Our High Priest understand he human struggle totally. He has taken part in our nature and, therefore, understand every aspect of that nature from within.
He is not hostile to humanity but is one of us. He wants to help each of us be the kind of human being. He was,, and He knows how to help. When we come close to Him, we approach a nature like His. Therefore, we dare to approach with boldness and confidence.
“For Christ did not enter a man made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.” (Hebrews9:24–25)
The true sanctuary of God is heaven itself. The atmosphere is holy. Christ, who is perfectly holy (1st Peter1:19), can rightfully enter that atmosphere. At the same time He is favorably disposed toward us.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1st John 2:1)
Jesus died for our sins to lift us above sin. Still believers do sin. The ascended Christ prays for us to the Father so our sins can be forgiven. We also have earthly ministers and priests, who also pray for us to the Father. We have laypersons who pray for us, but in reality, Jesus died a terrible death on the cross, to become our advocate with the Father.
In Romans 8:34, Three New Testament writers state that Christ as High Priest is interceding with God on behalf of the saints. That He is at the right hand of God indicates that He is very near to, intimate with, and has access to the ear of God, a well as sharing God’s authority. The Holy Spirit is the Intercessor with the saint on earth. Beloved, in Acts 3:11-26, Christ’s intercession for believers is a part of the gospel message that we proclaim!