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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