Prayer: Entering God's Presence in Christ

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, though the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." Hebrews 10:19-22

The Word of God in Hebrews cited above, sets before us the spiritual reality of worship and prayer. In prayer we draw near to God and enter His holy presence by Jesus Christ. Both public worship, and prayer involve entering, though spiritually, the Holy of Holies. Christ's cross as the foundation and His eternal intercession for us make that prayer which is heard acceptable unto God. While there are many passages in the Word of God which speak of prayer it is perhaps well that the exalted reality of what prayer really is be set before us.

The scriptures set before us a doctrine also of prayer and its place in the Christian life and worship. The same Word of God warns us repeatedly agaisnt profane corruptions of prayer, heathen imitations, and irreverence. Prayer is a spiritual art, in which we need instruction and in which a believer grows.

To that doctrine belongs also all that for which we are instructed to pray and the many exhortations of the Word to constant prayer. This section is focused on this subject. There is much material to consider and much will be added as time permits.


General Principles on the Basis of Prayer

Family Prayer in the light of God's covenant