Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Power in Prayer and the Atonement of Christ

In his book If You Will Ask, Oswald Chambers writes, “When we pray relying on the Holy Spirit, He will always bring us back to this one point: we are not heard because we are in earnest, or because we need to be heard, or because we will perish if not heard; we are heard only on the ground of the Atonement of the Lord.”

Oh what refreshing and relaxing news. In prayer, we can simply express our hearts and thoughts to God regardless of the quality of the articulation. So many times I’ve said to the Lord, “O Father, I don’t know what I’m saying, but you know what I’m saying!” Power in prayer comes from the power of Christ and our connection with him. The more we understand this, the more we'll be motivated to pray, and encouraged in prayer. So please read and savor these words from Hebrews 10:19-23. Let them sink in and shape your day today.

“Therefore, brothers [and sisters], since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” 

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