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Jesus Gives Us Boldness and Access

I was reading from Ephesians 3:11-12 which reads:

11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

I noticed the words “boldness” and “access” in verse 12.  These words are similar to Hebrews 4:16 which reads, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

In Jesus, writes Paul in Ephesians 3:12, we have boldness and access.  In Hebrews 4:16, the Holy Spirit also says that we have confidence to draw near.  Jesus gives us that boldness and the right (John 1:12-13) to access the very presence of God.  We need not fear when we approach through the name of Jesus for He shed His blood for our salvation (Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:14) and we have the right, as children of God through faith in Christ (Galatians 3:26), to come before God.  We will be received because of Christ.  We will be accepted because of Christ.  We have a Father who will hear us because of Christ (John 14:12-14).

Prayer then is not about merely asking God for things but is direct fellowship with God.  Unlike the pagan religions, we disciples of Jesus know that prayer is not about religious rituals or empty phrases as Jesus puts it in Matthew 6:7.  We can come boldly (Hebrews 4:16) before the Father knowing that He hears us not because of our own righteousness but rather because of the Lord Jesus and His saving work for us.  Jesus, and not me, makes me able to pray.  All that I have from God comes because of Christ.  My salvation, my forgiveness of my sins, my righteousness, my glorification, my access into God’s presence through prayer and worship – all this comes because of Christ.  Jesus makes me worthy to pray.  Jesus opens the doors of heaven so that I can spend time with God and have both boldness and access into His presence.

For the disciple of Jesus, let us remember that prayer rises before the throne of God like sweet-smelling incense (Revelation 5:8; 8:3-4; cf. Psalm 141:2).  Prayer is not about the time we spend (though we should pray always according to 1 Thessalonians 5:17) but it is about communing with God our Father.  We need not think that prayer must be an act of penance or that we must be wholly sanctified to pray but we must see that Christ Jesus allows us access and boldness before the throne of God.  We can pray because we have a faithful high priest before God (Hebrews 7:25; cf. 1 Timothy 2:5-6).  Jesus is our Advocate before God (1 John 2:1).  He grants us boldness to pray and He opens the door for our prayers to be heard.  He is our boldness and our access.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/15/2013 at 9:37 AM

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