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THE CROSS OPENS THE GATE OF HEAVEN
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus…
Prayer means speaking to God who is in heaven, who is all-powerful to bless. How can you do that? There is only one way. Read again as the author to the epistle to the Hebrews puts it in his own incomparable manner: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).
That is the problem. What do I do when I need help? What do I do when I am failing, when I am in an agony, in a crisis? I want grace to help in time of need. How can I get it? What right have I to speak to God? And there is only one answer. My only right to speak to God is that Christ has borne my punishment and has reconciled me to God and has made me at peace with God. Or, as it is put in Hebrews 10:19-22, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” He opens the gate of heaven and enables me to pray.
A Thought to Ponder
Prayer means speaking to God who is in heaven, who is all-powerful to bless.
From The Cross, pp. 192-193.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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