by Pastor Greg Laurie
What the Devil Doesn't Want You to Know
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:15-16
The devil doesn't want you to know this, but the truth is that you can approach the throne of God any time - 24 hours a day. The devil wants us to believe that approaching God in prayer is based upon a point system. He wants us to think, If I have been a good Christian, I can approach God. But if I have sinned, God will never hear my voice.
Christians can approach God any time, because our relationship with the Almighty is not based on what we have done for Him. It is based on what Jesus did for us. Jesus' sacrifice on the cross applies to us when we are down as well as when we are up. In the process of life, we will confess our sins and ask God to forgive us. But all the while, we possess access to go boldly to the throne of God.
Nevertheless the devil is there telling us we are not good enough to pray to God. No doubt that's what he whispered into Adam's ear after he sinned against the Lord. "Hide when the Lord comes," he probably said. And when the Lord came into the garden, there was Adam hiding from God when he should have been seeking Him for forgiveness.
The next time you fall into sin, turn to God and go to church for help. All too often we think, I can't go to church now. Church is for godly people. We need to remember that church is a hospital for saints and sinners. So when the devil says you are not worthy, don't hide from God. Run to God and receive help from Him and His people.
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