“Did you know that you are the beneficiary of a great honor? You have the privilege of coming into the very throne room of the Great I AM. Not only have you been invited to stand in His presence, you have been invited to conversation, an intimate dialogue with the One who cares about you most. It is the ultimate conversation: your opportunity to seek understanding from your Creator; your chance to ask the Lord of all that exists to deliver you in the areas where you cannot help yourself; and your privilege to know Him better.” Charles Stanley, Prayer the Ultimate Conversation, p. 1 (previously published as The Ultimate Conversation)

These few statements by Charles Stanley are rich digging grounds for anyone interested in having a more satisfying relationship with God. I don’t think most of us really understand what an honor it really is to be able to communicate with the God of the Universe. The average citizen can’t pick up the phone and talk to the President or Prime Minister whenever they feel like it. And even if we could chances are they would be busy and have to get back to us later or we would have to make an appointment. But not with God, He is always there and ready to listen. In fact He longs to hear from us and invites us into the very throne room of His grace.

Does that sound too good to be true? If you think it is then let your mind dwell on these few thoughts of the Apostle Paul, “and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—.” Colossians 1:20-22

Isn’t this an amazingly encouraging passage of Scripture? God never was separated from us, He never stopped loving us, seeking us or wanting the best for us. It was us who “in your minds” were alienated from God “because of your evil behavior.” Now Jesus came to this earth and took our sins and rebellions upon His shoulders and carried them to the cross and paid the penalty that separated us from God. In the place of our sins He gave us reconciliation with the Father.

What does this mean? It means that we now no longer have to live in the knowledge and fear of being alienated from God by our evil actions and sinful nature. Jesus has said that we no longer have to live under our own condemnation but can come home anytime we want to.

You do not have to be afraid of God because Jesus has presented, “you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” Can we even grasp that thought? When we kneel before God in prayer we don’t come to the Father as beggars and intruders but as Sons and Daughters welcomed home free from condemnation and accusation.

That is why we can pray with assurance that the Father hears us and always says yes to our prayers. It is because we are His children and He knows how to give good gifts to us.

Notice the three aspects of the benefit of prayer that Charles Stanley points out in the quote I’ve cited. Through prayer we (1) we seek understanding from our Creator, (2) we are able to ask God to deliver us from situations that are beyond our control, and (3) and we get to know God better.

When we talk to God today I hope that it will be with more confidence than we have had in the past. When Jesus died the way was made available for us to enter the very throne room of God through prayer. The curtain was torn apart that once separated us because of our sins, but now we are washed clean by the blood of Jesus and have the privilege to kneel before the Father as children of the Kingdom.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

Amen—let it be so.

* Many people around the globe are currently experiencing persecution for their faith in God, and many even unto death, for the love of their God. They need our support and prayers. Please take the time to read some of their stories at  http://thebeggardanced.com/nine-oclock-club/ there is much more on the internet…