May 22 It Begins with Access

Scripture reading: Ephesians 3:11–12

Key verse: Psalm 34:15

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

And His ears are open to their cry.

How confident are you in your prayer life? Is it a vague spiritual realm where you are unsure? Is it merely a rote spiritual exercise you perform because the Bible teaches its importance?

This is certainly not the mind-set or spiritual atmosphere that God intended for prayer. He designed prayer so we might experience His reality, power, and care for our lives.

We often lack confidence because we do not understand some of God’s basic principles of prayer. It all begins with access (Eph. 3:11–12). Through faith in Christ, you are in His presence and can boldly bring Him your petitions. Through this access to God’s very throne, you can be confident He hears your prayers, every one of them. Not one falls on deaf ears.

If you have habitually sinned, God’s kindness can bring you to repentance. God’s forgiveness cleanses you from sin’s guilt. You are holy and righteous in His eyes, even when your behavior is unholy and unrighteous.

Your conduct does not alter your access, though it may hinder your communion. Since you have such fearless access through Christ, you can confidently pray with the assurance that God has heard your plea.

Heavenly Father, I praise You that through Christ I can confidently pray with the assurance that You have heard my plea.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 149). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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