A Rightful Request

by Carolyn Hope

At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. (John 16:23-24)

Under the old covenant, communication between God and people required a mediator. This role was fulfilled through the priests of Israel. Now, we’re under a new and better covenant. Jesus came and paid the price for us once and for all. While He remains our perfect Mediator, interceding on our behalf, we also have the ability to approach our Father ourselves. When Jesus sacrificed Himself for us, the veil was torn and our access to the King was restored. We have the freedom to walk in boldness and confidence right up to His throne. Our authority – our right – to come before our King is found in Jesus’ work for us.

Every time we pray in Jesus’ name, we remind ourselves, the world, and God the reason for our qualification: the Blood that Jesus shed. Our prayer is acceptable, because of Jesus. Our hearts’ desires are right, because of Jesus. The goodness within us and the greatness we can become are because of Jesus.

What’s holding you back from approaching your Creator? The door to the throne room is unlocked and opened. Enter freely; your King is waiting for you. He loves it when you come near and whisper your requests to Him. It is His delight to hear you and to answer you. You don’t need a pastor, a prophet, or one of the ‘greats’ to pray for you. Your voice is powerful and strong, and your Father longs to hear from you. You are acceptable. You are enough.

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Fatherly Relations (Relations with the Father)

by Carolyn Hope

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. (Ephesians 1:2-6)

The bulk of this passage is describing what God has done for us and how He has become our Father. Before the first sunrise, before the first day, the Lord decided to adopt us into His family. It was always His plan to draw us to Himself through Jesus; and the thought of our becoming His brought Him joy and delight. We don’t have to do a thing to gain His favor. All we have to do is believe Him. Because of this, we give Him praise. Not out of obligation or duty, but from the abundant overflow of gratitude in our hearts.

How do we interact with our Perfect Father? We do so with freedom, confidence, and love. We are free to approach Him at any time and about anything. We can be confident in the goodness of who He is, and in who we are because of Him. Finally, we can walk in love, for we are always, unchangeably, unshakably loved by our Dad; and because He loves us, we can love Him back.

Last week, I was serving in the nursery at my church. There were a dozen children in the class, ranging from about five months old to three and a half years. One particular baby was in there for the first time, and he was doing really well. Toward the end of the service, however, he got a little fussy because he was tired but didn’t want to fall asleep. I picked him up and held him, rocking him gently and holding him close. After a couple minutes, he settled into my arms, calm and peaceful. Soon he was sleeping, and he remained asleep even after the service was over and his dad picked him up.

Your Father holds you tenderly and gently, and you are forever secure in His embrace. Settle into His love. Let yourself find rest and peace in His strong arms. You don’t have to work, or strive, or stay awake. In His presence, you can be free. You can be confident that He will take care of you. His love for you is perpetual and enough. You are enough in Him.

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