THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER

 

Part 43:  Our Bold Requests For Help

(Hebrews 4: 16)

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In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth

 

Editors Note: Many beloved come not knowing what to pray for. They thus crowd the throne with false requests not realizing in practice that God is a jealous God. Bold requests mean that we stay strong in the Spirit always keeping God first and staying in prayer. However we see so many that fall prostrate in front and back of a man or a woman and leave God at His altar and pay tribute to the flesh in many things material and of no substance. Thus we pray boldly that the people that God created will accept Him and leave man to his own ways.

 

“There was once a man who continued to look for the remnant as the Bible had spoken of a remnant of those that came back. However where were the people that would reap the Glory of God at the Gates to Heaven? Were most scattered out all over the land? He passed many great church houses and counted only a few there. Most were among the pews as the stand that many posed on was vacant of love for Christ as they still counted on an invisible priesthood.”

 

 


Greetings Brethren,

 

Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.

 

Beloved we come in confidence as we petition the Lord. This boldness is not to push the Lord because we have no power to push as He has all power. We also maintain that He needs no energy from us to do anything. So as we reveal our bold requests for help how can we be strengthened in scripture regarding this aspect of our prayer life?

 

As we turn to the 4th Division of Hebrews we see the bracket of scriptures beginning with the 14th verse to the 16th verse where the writer teaches us that Christ is Superior to anything that we had before. Thus Christ is greater than the Old Testament priesthood. Christ is now our High Priest. Our primary verse is verse 14 we will begin there. Also there is no commandment during New Testament times regarding a way to atone for sins and offer support to a Levitical priesthood that no longer exists. Read your Bible look not only to Malachi 3: 8, 9 and 10. Read and digest all 4 Chapters and see that the Prophet is talking to the Priest first as they were not good stewards. Do we have many crooked stewards handling the churches finances today? However then nor today is there any punishment for not following a commandment that was for the Jews under the Old Law. Bad weather for the crops is not the same as losing your job or source of income or your way in life.

 

Hebrews 4: 16: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

We come with bold requests because Jesus Christ is our Intercessor and we have unlimited confidence in Him. Jesus thus acts as our High Priest. When we pray in the name of Jesus our prayers will reach God.  Therefore we call on grace and help during our times of trouble and doubt in this world.

 

We will now note several cross references. The first comes from Ephesians. Here at the 2nd Division of Ephesians we see the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles at verses 11-22. Our primary verse is verse 18 we will start there.

 

Ephesians 2: 18: “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”

 

As the Old Law and the Levitical Priesthood faded away Jesus Christ became accepted as the High Priest and as our Intercessor as noted previously. The Bible also teaches us that Jews and Gentiles now became acceptable under the New Law. “Him” in this verse notes Jesus Christ and “We” means Jews and Gentiles.  Thus “access” means that all have the privilege of approaching the Father to receive His divine favors.  “By one spirit,” the Holy Spirit gave the Apostles the instructions to set up the church.

 

We will now return to Hebrews for another word on this subject. As we come boldly we realize that Jesus is the center of our prayer life. Look at the following scripture.

 

Hebrews 7: 19: “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.”

 

The Law made nothing perfect. It also was established for a limited time and had no requirements for a spiritual life. However a better hope is held out to those that serve under the Priesthood of Christ. Through Christ all humankind can be saved. Do you deny Christ and the resurrection if you hold onto a Jewish Law that even the Jews of today do not abide by? What is this law? Paul teaches about giving during New Testament times look to the New Testament on what God has rendered by divine inspiration for giving (to the church) from the heart and not by works.

 

Now go with us to Hebrews 10. Here beginning with the 19 verse and extending to the classic scripture on faith at Chapter 11 through 13:5 we see a discussion on faith. Our primary verses here are 19-22.

 

Hebrews 10: 19-22: “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, through 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 or bodies washed with pure water.”

 

Again we note that boldness does not mean a spirit of pushing but one of strong confidence.  Meanwhile the two systems had the services of a High Priest. However Christ is the head of the Church the house of God and in Heaven. While the people of the Old Testament could not atone for their sins completely the new Priesthood has allowed Christ to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Thus allowing all that accept Him an opportunity to the Tree of Life. Be careful and cautious brethren that you are not mis-led to deny your Savior by an act that many false teachers come saying is a commandment.

 

 

Cont. Part 44: Praying: Hearing and Listening To God, The Obedient Spirit

 

Peace and Paradise,

Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 3 December 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

 

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