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In Whom We Have Boldness and Confident Access

July 24, 2014

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In Whom  We Have Boldness  and Confident Access

Some people feel  they should not  approach God directly  through prayer  to Him.      They either want  another person  to pray  for them,  whether it be a friend,  pastor,  or religious leader  —  or  they will pray  to a  “saint”,  who has died years ago.     It is good  for us  to pray  to God together  in groups  as we have a common desire.     God wants us  to get together  in prayer  with our family,  friends,  and church.

But,  none  of God’s children  should ever feel  that they cannot approach  our LORD  and Savior  by themselves.     And,  we certainly  are not  to pray  to a dead saint,  asking that dead Christian  to pray for us.     When the apostle Paul  spoke  of our freedom  to approach God  in prayer,  he wrote  in Ephesians 3:11-12,

……. in Christ Jesus  our Lord,  in whom  we have boldness  and confident access  through faith  in Him.

Just because  God has proven  His faithful love  for us  in the life,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Jesus,  we are able  to  “have boldness  and confident access”  to God Almighty  —  just because we believe  in Jesus.     We have  “faith  in Him”.

We are not  to have  “faith”  in the ability  of another person’s prayer.     Much rather,  we are  to put all our  “faith”   “in Christ Jesus  our Lord”.     It is only Jesus’ merit  on our behalf  that makes us righteous  and able  to approach God  directly.     God calls us  His saints.     That’s why Paul addresses the church  in Rome  by writing  in Romans 1:7,

To all  who are beloved  of God  in Rome,  called as saints:   Grace  to you  and peace  from God our Father  and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are “beloved”   “saints”  because  we have  “faith”  in Jesus.     Because we are so greatly loved,  our heavenly Father  wants us  to pray directly  to Him  with faith  in all  that Jesus has done  for us.     We have  “faith”  that Jesus takes away  all our sins.     We have  “faith”  that Jesus has made us holy  in God’s sight.     We have  “faith”  that Jesus will answer all our prayers  in the way  that is best  for us.     We have  “faith”  that we are the children  of God.

Our  “faith”  enables us  to “have boldness  and confident access”  to the very throne  of God,  our heavenly Father.

If we imagine  that we cannot pray directly  to our Lord  and Savior,  we are not understanding all  of God’s word  to us  regarding our salvation  in Christ Jesus.     Our lack  of understanding  is undermining  the faith  that God wants us  to have  in Jesus’ merits.     That means  we really need  to open up our Bibles  and study.     Learn what God wants us  to know.     Learn about how God wants  to draw us near  to Him  in a full  and true faith,  hope,  and love.

Then  in the joy  of being God’s child,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  it is wonderful  to be able  to pray directly to You  through faith  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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