How comfortable are you when it comes to approaching God? Do you tend to be quite bold when talking to the Lord, or rather timid? Would you describe your prayer life as being weak, or strong? Are you eager to enter God’s presence, or is communicating with your Creator one of the last things you tend to do?
Thankfully, there are some practical steps you can take to improve your communication with God, and to dramatically increase your desire to talk to Him.
First of all, it is critical to understand the only legitimate basis upon which anyone has the right to approach God. Since we are sinful, we are not by nature worthy of entering the Lord’s presence. God is perfect in holiness, whereas each one of us falls far short of God’s requirements and the Lord’s perfect standard.
So what is a person to do?
Our only hope is to turn to God’s Word, where believers in Jesus are given plenty of encouragement: “In Christ and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Eph. 3:12) That is to say, Jesus makes us acceptable to our Father in heaven, and our relationship with Christ through faith grants us entrance into God’s presence. Christians are those people who have been spiritually born into God’s family.
As a child of God, you now have the “right” to approach God. Jesus earned your access to the Father by dying on the cross for your sins and bringing you into this spiritual place of grace. You are no longer “under the law,” but rather, you are justified before God as an “heir of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7) As a believer, you are trusting God for your eternal protection. And so you can certainly trust Him for any concerns in this world as well.
“He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all — how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
Stop and think about it. Do you know anyone else who would sacrifice their only son for your eternal benefit? Even if you could find such a person, no one other than Jesus would be able to pull it off because only Christ is worthy to pay for our sins. The punishment that we deserve required a perfect sacrifice. (Heb. 9:1-28) And since this sacrifice has been made, believers are free to approach God with confidence because we now belong to God forever.
You can call upon the Lord at any moment of the day. The “right” to freely approach God with confidence is something you have been given on account of what your Savior did for you on the cross.
So does this mean that God will give me whatever I want? Well, yes and no. God will give us whatever is in line with His will for our lives.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Church in Papillion, Neb. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post.