John 14:13-14, “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in my Name, I will do it.”
Prayer has colored my earliest memories; I remember waking up to hear my mom praying in the living room. Her songs of praise flooded my little world with amazing peace. Her act of daily praying has led me to implement this important act into my own daily life. She showed me how to talk to ‘Daddy GOD.’
Prayer–a mortal being talking to The Almighty, Holy, Eternal One–is fascinating to me!
A puny, little, insignificant created being, talking to the mighty, perfect, Most High CREATOR is stunning. When I contemplate that This DIETY not only hears my prayers, but hears my thoughts before I even pray them, blows my mind. As if that is not enough, there is even more to this deep subject.
As I study, I find that I have to go way back-in-time to get the big picture prayer answers for today. So, I looked backwards and found that God had a great plan, but when sin entered the scene, it messed everything up. Sin touched everything with its evil hand of death and destruction.
God’s original plan for Adam and Eve was that they were to have dominion over all of the Earth (Genesis 1:26-28). But when Adam disobeyed, his sin had devastating consequences. Disobedience caused a curse to fall on the earth; and Satan’s curses always add up to death and destruction. But, when a covenant child of God prays in Jesus name, Satan’s curses get foiled because prayer releases the Holy Spirit to do God’s perfect will on earth. And His rules are for life, peace and joy
As I look back in the Old Testament I see how prayer back-then was addressed: Before Christ came to earth, man was only able to access God through the help of a High Priest. This High Priest played a very important role in the life of God’s people. He was the mediator between a Holy God and an unholy people.
The book of Hebrews clearly tells us that Jesus put an end to the Levitical High-Priesthood because a Superior High Priest has been installed—Jesus. Jesus shows us the way to the Father. He is our mediator. In a sense, nothing has changed—we still need a High priest to gain access to God. But, in a greater sense, everything has changed—we now have a high priest who is the perfect Son of God; one who has suffered and been tempted like we suffer and are tempted. Since He is well acquainted with our earthly plight, He is the perfect mediator for us, because He knows what we’re going through.
We can look at prayer as a type of Heavenly court session.
The Great Righteous Judge—God Almighty sits on the judge’s throne. Christ, our mediator is the Righteous lawyer who is constantly defending us before the Great Judge. And Satan, the convicting lawyer, is daily accusing us before the Great Judge. But, when we pray, and ask forgiveness of our sins, Christ—our lawyer—covers our sins in His precious blood. Therefore, the Accuser cannot accuse us of anything anymore—all our sins are forgiven. This then allows us to boldly go before the Great Judge and ask for things (healing, restoration, life, provisions, good gifts, for the saving of souls, and ultimately His perfect will) in Jesus’ name. Our prayers can now be heard and answered, thanks to the Great Lawyer—Jesus.
Prayer is a great privilege bought by the blood of the Messiah. Therefore, looking at prayer from this perspective makes it a magnificent honor of epic proportions. One I am so grateful for!
Father—my Righteous Judge, thank you for hearing my prayer. I come before you and ask that your perfect will be established in my life today—and every day! Thank you for my Mediator—Jesus Christ who always defends me and gives me the privilege of coming before you with my praises and my requests. I am so very grateful. I love you.