May 9, 2008

The Holy Places

Have you often thought about how amazing it is that we can pray to God? Hebrews 10:19 says,

"Therefore brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus..." 

The verse keeps going, but someone who lived under Old Testament Law would have to stop there: 
 "Enter the holy places? Me? That's only for the High Priest, and even he does it with trembling. I have no business in the Holy Places of the Tabernacle. The only person who could enter the holy places with confidence would have to be perfect."

They would have a hard time believing they could come boldly before a Holy God. But if they backed up a few verses, they would understand:

"For by a single offering [Christ] has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified."

We have no right to pray. In ourselves, we have no good in us that would prompt God to listen to us (Romans 3:23). But Jesus offered himself as a living sacrifice so that we could be considered by his perfect life, so that we could have the right to pray! 

Ian's had kind of a boring week this week. Ian's never had a problem staying entertained, so it must be hard now that he can't. Let's pray with confidence God would heal Ian!



Anonymous said...

Thank you Ben for the reminder of such amazing mercy and grace!!! How often I take prayer so thoughtlessly and admittedly often not in an honoring or respectful way. The blood of Christ and what He accomplished for us should never ever be taken for granted!!!!!

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below! Praise Him above all heavenly host! Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Amen!!!

Bernadine said...

To Ian's Mother

Happy Mothers' Day!
Praying that next Mothers' Day will meet your son totally healed and you'll be able to feel his hug, his kiss and his sweet voice saying "I love You Mom."

Continuing in prayer,