Prayer is all about a open relationship with the Father who loves us. After all, He created us in His image. Why would He create something in His image and not want to have an open line of communication with what He created? I believe there is a longing in His heart to have a connection with us through prayer. He sent His Son to do away with the wall of separation. The veil was torn, so the open line of communication with us was made possible. Now we can approach Him with boldness and confidence that He hears our prayers.
The following verses in Hebrews Chapter 4 tells us we are to approach the Father.
Hebrews 4:14-16 states: 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
In verse 14 we read the last portion of the verse that states, “let us hold fast our confession”. When we hold fast to something that we believe is true, we hang on tightly and are not willing to let go. This is where our confession by faith comes into play. In Romans 12:3 the last part states, “As God has dealt to each one a measure of faith”. The more faith we have in Christ, and what He has done for us, the more faith we have that He hears our prayers. (He that started a good work in us and will bring it to completion.) The measure of faith that He gives us when we put faith into action, strengthens us to hang onto His word and have confidence that He hears our prayers.
1 John 5:14-15 states: 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
1 John 3:21-22 states: 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
Holding fast to the above verses by confessing them over ourselves, we have the confidence by faith to enter His throne of grace with our prayers that He hears us.
Entering into His throne of grace, there needs to be attitude of thanksgiving, praise, worship and honoring God. Psalm 100:4 states we are to: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His presence courts with praise.” The way we Hallow His name is to declare who He is. Here are just a few:
- Jehovah Tisdkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
- Jehovah M’Kaddesh (The Who Sanctifies You)
- Jehovah Shalom (The Who Is Our Peace)
- Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There, He Never Leaves Us)
- Jehovah Rophe (The Lord Who Heals)
- Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
- Jehovah Nissi (The Lord Is My Banner)
- Jehovah Rohi (The Lord Is My Shepherd)
We also need to declare His Attributes. They are as follows: He is Eternal, Unchanging, Holy, Love, All-powerful, Righteous, Sovereign, True, Faithful, All Knowing, Ever-Present, Kind and Long suffering.
The Lord is waiting to hear from you. Do not believe the lies that your prayers do not matter. Rise up and enter the throne of Grace with boldness and confidence!
Prayer/Altar Team Leader