100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 58
You Are Granted Access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18)
Imagine that your request as a citizen of the United States desperately requires the attention of the president. How likely are you to get face-to-face time with him? Would you get past the guard at the White House gate? It wouldn’t happen that way.
What if you wrote a letter or an email? According to Ashley Parker’s article in The New York Times, tens of thousands of written requests come to the White House every day. But, your story may be so compelling that it could be one of the ten Mike Kelleher chooses to bring before the president in his daily briefings. 1 At least your “voice” would be heard if you were one of the fortunate ten!
Obviously, the odds of your standing before the one holding the highest office in the land are incredibly small! The good news, however, is all odds stacked against you have been gloriously removed through Jesus in order for you to stand in the Presence of the One who inhabits the highest throne in all creation and for all time!
There’s an account recorded in the Old Testament about King’s Xerxes wife, Esther, entering into his presence uninvited. Much like the scenario described above concerning someone demanding to see the president of the United States, it was not acceptable in the Persian kingdom for anyone to approach the king- not even his queen! Esther had a dire need that required his attention: one of the king’s statesmen had an evil plan to wipe out all the Jews living in Persia. King Xerxes didn’t know it at the time, but Esther was counted among the Jews. Her only recourse was to ask her people to pray and fast with her, and then she would approach the king. Entering into the palace courts where her husband was enthroned could have resulted in Esther’s death; however, the king extended his scepter to her, a sign of his granting her access.
Child of God, it is through the blood shed on Calvary that you have access to the Father in heaven. In the same way that Esther received favor to go before the king, you are positioned in God’s grace based on your receiving Jesus as Lord. The King extends His scepter to you! Enter in! That’s not just a one-time access to bring your sins to Him and receive God’s grace. Your access to the Father is unlimited, and it is eternal. You can come before Him no matter where you are. If you’re driving your car, you have access to the Father as you pray and enter into His Presence. If you’re walking in the park, you have access. Out to eat with friends or family- total access. Tucked in your bed for the night? Yep. You can enter in.
For this very reason, the Word of God admonishes us to be anxious for nothing, “but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3: 6-7). Do you need peace and assurance? Do you need wisdom? Are you in desperate need of provision or restoration? The Father in heaven awaits your coming to Him.
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
You have access to the Father in heaven. Whatever the need, whatever the request- make it known to Him.
1 “Picking Letters, 10 a Day, That Reach Obama.” Ashley Parker. The New York Times. April 19, 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/us/politics/20letters.html?_r=0. Accessed Feb. 8, 2016.