Hebrews 4:14-16

There are many motivations for prayer: the example of Jesus, the command of God to draw near to Him, its efficacy, etc. Here in Hebrews we find that one of our greatest reasons for prayer is that we have a High Priest, Jesus Christ, who understands our weaknesses. He has been tempted just like us, yet He never gave into temptation. Not everyone can approach, with confidence, the throne of God. That right is reserved for those whose sin has been cleansed by Christ. There at the throne we are given mercy, as we seek forgiveness, and grace to sustain us in this life.

The call to greater prayer is a call to a deeper relationship with the One who understands all of our needs, all of our weaknesses, yet still desires us to know Him intimately. A husband and wife will only know the deepest levels of intimacy by talking, sharing and communicating with one another openly and honestly. So it is with our relationship with the Lord. Greater prayer leads to greater knowledge, which leads to greater understanding, which leads to greater intimacy, which leads to a desire for more of the Lord. How is your prayer life? It’s time to move to the next level – to the throne of grace.

Prayer:  Lord, my time with You has not been what it should be.  The things of life have interrupted my time in prayer and I have not made it the priority it needs to be.  Draw me unto Yourself that I may know the joy of greater prayer, the joy of an intimate relationship with You, and the joy of the throne of grace.  In the name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.

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