By Patrick Hawthorne
Let my prayer be like incense offered before you, and my uplifted hands like the evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:2 ISV)
To some this post might be quite elementary, but sometimes those things that are right in front of us are often the hardest to see. Have you ever had one of those “Aha,” moments? You know, the V-8 moment when you pop yourself upside the ole cranium and say, “Why, of course. I knew that.” Well, I had one awhile back.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” I quote that verse quite often to the Lord. “Lord, you said in Your Word…” Although I had head knowledge of how to come before His throne, it was not something that was really embedded in my heart.
Think about it. How do we come boldly before God’s throne of grace? Well, obviously we can’t leave our bodies, so it must be in spirit. Jesus, talking to the woman at the well, said, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him.” (John 4:23).
The “Aha,” moment came when I read Hebrews 12:22-24, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” (bold/underline mine).
When we pray – pray in faith that is – we come in spirit before the audience of Almighty God in the presence of an innumerable company on angels and a host of witnesses. We don’t have to throw up shot gun prayers hoping one will stick. We don’t have to think, “Maybe God will hear me if I whine a little or beg a little.” Or, “Maybe if I repeat the same prayer over and over again, He might take notice of me.” NO!! If that is you, stop the madness.
Read Hebrews 12:22-24 again. When we pray, we spiritually come to Mount Zion and the city of the Living God. Meditate on that fact…ponder that fact…and then begin to act on that fact. “I am before My God. He hears me and has given me audience each and every time I pray.”
God responds to faith. “For without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6 bold/underline mine.) Quit the stinking thinking. Quit the wishful praying. Start praying what God’s Word says. “Lord, I would like to remind You of Your Word.” After you have prayed then stand. And, when you get weary from standing, stand some more. Do not lose hope and do not give up heart. Be blessed.