Wednesday, December 24, 2014

We have Confident Praying because of Jesus' Sacrifice and Our Access to God

Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-20
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,

Insights: This week in our Thoughts by Scott we will be looking at two secrets to having a life of personal vitality.  The first one key has four sub-points as well as the second key.  All eight of these sub-points come from Hebrews 10:19-25.  The first of the two secrets is confident praying.  In other words, we can have a vital life because we can pray to the Father.  The first reason we can have confidence is because of Jesus’ sacrifice.  This truth is what is meant when in verse nineteen it talks about the blood of Jesus.  Notice also in verse nineteen it actually uses the word confidence to describe the posture in which we enter into the holy place which is where the Father dwells.  This entering into the holy place is where this first key of prayer comes into play.  The way we currently enter this holy place is through prayer and the first reason for this ability is because Jesus paid the admission prices with His death.  So, if I have received Jesus’ gift of salvation, then I am able to confidently enter into His thrown room.  The second sub-point is tied to the first.  Not only do we see the significance of Jesus’ death, but we also understand that it is through Him that we have access to God.  In the Temple there was a veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple grounds.  At Jesus’ death the earthly Temple veil was torn from the top to the bottom.  In the same way, a spiritual veil, Jesus’ body, was torn at His death as well.  The significance of this torn veil is that everyone in a relationship with Jesus has access to the Father because of His death.  Before Jesus’ death only the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies and only one time a year.  With the veil being torn, access is now permitted all of the time.  In other words, any minute of any day one who is born again can approach the thrown of God.  At any minute of any day a lost person can approach the thrown of God in repentance and surrender and be born again.  God wants us to pray to Him and the preceding is two of the reasons for such confidence.

1.  Have you experienced the great joy of prayer because of Jesus sacrifice for your life?
2.  Do you regularly take advantage of the access Jesus’ sacrifice has granted you before the Lord?

Prayer: Father, all too often I take for granted the sacrifice of Jesus.  Yet, I am also very thankful that because of His work at Calvary I am permitted to enter into Your presence through prayer.  Let me never take this gift likely.  Amen.

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