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Access to God

It seems that recently the numbers of people for whom I am regularly praying for has increased exponentially.  As I have interceded for each of them, I could not help but wonder about the Jewish High Priest whose job it was, once a year, to enter into the Temple past the Veil separating the outside natural world from the Holy of Holies where he would intercede and make atonement before the presence of God for himself and all the people.  In order to prepare for this task he had to meticulously follow prescribed consecration rituals prior to his appointment with God.  First he had to make sure that he washed himself thoroughly according to ritual.  Then he donned the appropriate priestly garments and vestages.  After he was properly anointed with oils he would then make the sacrifice of an unblemished lamb or calf, sprinkle the blood on the altar, fill a bowl to take in with him as an offering and prepare a burnt offering from the meat.  The interior of the Holy of Holies would then be filled with incense smoke to shield the priest’s eyes from directly viewing the Shakinah Glory of God and being slain because of it.  He would wear bells on his ankles that would indicate to those outside that he was still alive and moving, and if they didn’t hear them they could then retrieve his dead body by means of a rope that was secured to his leg.  All of this describes what sounds like a perilous and unenviable job.

It sure makes me glad that when the Lord Jesus died on the Cross, He declared “It is finished,” and the Veil of the Temple was torn open from the top to the bottom, making the throne of God accessible to every believer in Christ.  In other words every person who has placed their faith in the sacrificial atonement of Christ for their sins is a priest, under His High-Priesthood.  Trust in Him is all the preparation we need make in order to access the Most High God in prayer, because Jesus has made all of the preparations we need.  Paul affirmed this in Ephesians 3:12 when he wrote, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” (NLT)  And the author of the Book of Hebrews similarly encourages, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16 NLT) 

Think of this.  Jesus, the Son of God, who always had access to His Father, has sought and received the approval of His Father for us to share in His sonship.  Because of our adoption (Romans 8:23-24) we have all the rights as sons and daughters of God the King to come to Him wihtout appointment needing to be scheduled or audience sought and ask Him for whatever our hearts desire according to His will.  What good father would deny such a thing to any of his children?  The answer is none and neither will our Heavenly Father. 

It reminds me of the photo I saw once of little John-John Kennedy playing in the Oval Office under the desk while his father went about his daily work of running the United States.  Same with our Father God.  He is perfectly able to continue His glorious work without even the slightest interuption when his children need his attention.

So, what is it that needs our Dad’s attention?  Is there someone you’d like to bring with you into his throne-room?  Is something that requires asking permission for or direction and counsel about?  Or, perhaps most importantly, would you like to just come and tell the Father how much you love and adore Him and thank Him for being such a good Dad?  You don’t have to wait until his assistant lets you in, or wait for Him to call you, or even send another person to represent you.  You don’t have to be afraid, or ashamed, or timid, or intimidated.  He is waiting to hear from us.  In fact, He’s expecting us, anxious to talk to us and we always have His permission to enter….BOLDLY….CONFIDENTLY…..EXPECTANTLY.  So, what are we waiting for?  Abba’s door is open….go right in!

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