During my “prayer run” the other day I was lifting up a prayer to God for a very important need and concern. As I was praying a thought entered my mind… What right do I have to approach God – the Almighty God, the holy God, King of the Universe – with this concern of mine? And then an experience I had some time ago entered my mind…
I needed (and wanted) access into a building – a facility that housed goods and services I needed and desired. The problem was, access was limited to only a select few – those who were authorized to gain entrance, and I wasn’t. You had to have a coded card key. So I approached an influential member of the organization, who happened to be my friend, and asked if courtesy card keys were ever granted to people. His answer was, “yes that sometimes happens. Would you like to me get you one? I’ll request one for you.” And in a few days, I had my card key, and had access into the facility!”
Jesus did something like that for me (and He’s done it for many others)! Like people in the Old Testament (even the priests), entrance into God’s glorious presence in the temple – in the place called “the Holiest of All” – was strictly limited. The priest could only enter once a year and only with the blood of a sacrificial animal. But when Jesus, our Great High Priest, came, He offered Himself on our behalf and opened up a “new and living” way into God’s presence! (You’ve just got to read Hebrews 9!) So now, anyone who claims the merits of Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf, can have access in prayer into the very presence of God!
Here’s the Scripture that supports that idea…
“Therefore, since we have confidence to enter the Holy place by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is through His flesh, and since we have a Great High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:19-21)
“For through him we both [Jew and Gentile] have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God!” (Ephesians 2:18–19)
“This was according to God’s eternal purpose that He has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.” (Ephesians 3:11-12)
So yesterday on my “prayer run,” I entered God’s presence with my request, “boldly” (but not arrogantly), and “with confidence” – not because of who I am, but because of who Jesus is and what He has done on my behalf! After all He’s the one that got the heavenly “card key for me” – He’s the one who made access into the Heavenly Father’s presence in prayer possible! I’m so grateful!