Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 3:11-13

“This was according to the eternal purpose that He has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.  So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.” (Ephesians 3:11-13)

God has an eternal purpose and HIs purpose is realized in Jesus Christ (v. 11).  We are part of this purpose.  God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be His holy people (1:4).  Christ made this possible through His precious blood (2:13).  Now that we have been reconciled to God, we are given free access to Him.  We are part of God’s family (2:19) and our heavenly Father delights when we come to Him.

The writer to the Hebrews put it like this:  “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).  Because of the work of Jesus our great High Priest, we are given bold access to the throne of God.  The veil that separated the holy of holies has been torn asunder and we are invited into the presence of God Himself.  “This was according to the eternal purpose that He has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 11).  Jesus alone has made it possible for us to have this access to God.

Another key phrase is “through faith in Him.”  Faith in Christ is essential for us to have bold and confident access to God.  We must acknowledge that access to the Father is only possible through faith in His Son.  Remember these words of Jesus: “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  Jesus is the only way to the Father.

What an awesome privilege we have been given!  We have freedom to approach our heavenly Father through faith in Jesus Christ.  We can come to Him with boldness and confidence.  We can approach His throne and speak directly to Him.  And what is most amazing of all is that He delights in us when we do.

Lord God, through faith in the Lord Jesus, I boldly and confidently approach Your throne.  I know when I do I will receive mercy and find grace to help in my time of need.  Thank You for the incredible privilege of prayer.


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