Does Prayer Really Require Wings?
Here’s something to ponder – does prayer really require wings, since the Holy Spirit of God lives in each one of us who are redeemed, and since it is He who makes intercession for us when we don’t know what to pray for? Scripture tells us God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. But as an avid Bible student can tell you, we cannot put God in a box; our finite minds grasp little of the immensity of God’s thought.
As He is in us, He is also in the heavens where Christ Jesus is seated at His right hand. I believe we can be sure that these thrones are not the same thing that our minds might picture. God be thanked that we can enter boldly unto the throne of grace and find help in the time of need. With a little thought, omnipresence takes on a whole new meaning. Speaking to God is not limited by what we think, but is empowered by what God does through His Holy Spirit living in each one of us who are His.
It was Jesus who told the disciples (and us) that he would send the Comforter – the Holy Spirit, and that He would guide us through all truth. He has provided all that we need for this life and the life of godliness and that includes a direct line to His ear. We, as His new creations, are not accepted in His presence because of our good behavior, nor are we ever rejected from His presence by our bad behavior. This is a fact, according to Scripture, because of the finished work of Jesus Christ and His union with us as new creations, we belong to God.
A Desire to be Heard
We all desire to be heard whether it be speaking to one, a hundred thousand or an innumerable number – we want others to listen to our words. There are instances where we might even rehearse in our minds the things we want to say so they might be more effectual. A sometimes immense amount of effort, thought, and resources may be applied in order that we might be heard.
The reasons for all this effort is not without merit since when speaking to others we are dealing with people who do not have perfect understanding. We know that people don’t have a perfect grasp of what is being said because we experience the same things when listening to others – we don’t always get it. Sometimes we speak out of desperation or out of a sense of urgency. Sometimes we’re frantic and simply don’t take the time to try to phrase something in a particular way. It is safe to say there are countless ways to misconstrue something said to you, just the same as something you have said is not understood by others.
If you have an audience with God it is He alone who has perfect understanding of all that you think as well as all that you say. God hears all words and interprets all of our thoughts whether we want it to be so or not. As Scripture says, judgment comes for every idle word that we have spoken, sobering thought! After all, is it not said of David in the Psalms that God knows what you’re going to say before you say it, in fact He even knows where you will be sitting or standing or anything else you might be doing, whether it be upside down in the well or hanging from a ladder?
With every passing year of my Christian walk I realize more and more the depths of the grace that encompasses my life. The wonder of being able to speak to God and to know that He accepts me, because of my unblemished standing in Christ Jesus, as a son allowed to experience such a favored position while knowing He is attentive to me on every level of my existence is beyond my comprehension. The Bible, His Word to us, makes it plain and leaves no doubt that we have access into His very presence.
The Throne of Grace
We, as believers, are instructed in Hebrews 4:14-16 that we have a high priest, that is passed into the heavens and that is Jesus, the son of God. We are told that He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities because He was tempted in all points just as we are, yet He was without sin. The Word tells us to therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need. Remembering that the word “therefore” in Scripture always points back to something previously said, we are to come boldly because He secured our entrance through His victory over temptations and having done so without sin gives us access through Him to come into the Holy presence of our God.
Take just a moment to reflect on the fact that by unmerited favor we are able to have audience with the Holy God who is full of grace and mercy towards us due to the fact that our sins have been removed and have been placed as far as the east is from the west, which is our consistent standing before the Lord God. It is that place of standing in Christ where no sin enters in and disrupts our communication with our Father. It is imperative to note here that it is our new creature that enters into this throne of grace. This is not a place to have sin cleansed, for our sin nature and our sins have been dealt with in Christ Jesus through His perfect sacrifice, but rather it is a place for us to enter into with praise and thanksgiving, acknowledging as necessary our disobedience to our Heavenly Father and presenting our needs that we may obtain help for those needs.
There is a particular wonder in the fact that all of our petitions are met with grace and that nothing we bring before Him is ignored. This throne of grace is where we repent of our decision to be disobedient to our Heavenly Father and His commands. It is here that we let our Lord know of our change of mind about continuing in our rebellion. The reason this is called the throne of grace is because the only thing measured out to those who come before Him at this throne is grace, and this pure grace is truly immeasurable! This is not a place of condemnation nor of judgment, but it is a place where Christ’s finished work ensures all who come before Him of their standing in the grace of God.