Revd Sara's Reflections - w/c 30th October 2022 - Prayer, Trust and Hope
Ephesians 3:12 (NIV) When you put your trust in Jesus as your Saviour, he gives you four great freedoms. The first is a clear conscience. He forgives your sin and wipes away your guilt.
The second great freedom is personal access to God. You are his child, part of his family, and you can talk with God anytime, anywhere—24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It is a myth that the whole world has direct access to God. It’s just not true! God gives direct access to himself only through his Son, Jesus Christ.
The Bible says, “In [Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 3:12 NIV).
At the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham I was given an “all-access” pass. I was able to go to every sporting venue, backstage and training areas. Nobody could stop me, after security checks.
That is the kind of freedom you get when you are in the family of God. God gives you an all-access pass to him. You do not have to get an invitation or a special introduction. You do not have to have a big idea on your mind. Because you are his child, you have direct access to God throughout the day, every day.
Sometimes people will say, “, please pray for me,” as if my prayers are better than their prayers. But that’s not true. They have the same personal access to God that I have. They can talk to God anytime and for any reason.
You do not need to use fancy words, close your eyes, or end every prayer with “in Jesus’ name.” You just keep a running prayer going throughout the day, picking up where you left off. I do that with God all the time.
What an incredible freedom it is to know that we can “feel free to come before God’s throne . . . And we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it” (Hebrews 4:16).
When you become part of God’s family, you have the freedom of a clear conscience and personal access to God.
Why is it important for people to have direct access to God at all times?
What might stop you from taking advantage of your personal access to God through prayer?
In what ways do you complicate your prayers? In what ways do you struggle with the idea that you can talk to God in every situation
Keep on on talking with God
love and prayers