In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday May 25, 2005
An Awesome Privilege
To pray and expect answers is a remarkable privilege, considering the holiness of the Lord. In our desire to be blessed, we ordinarily give little thought to how holy He is; but it is important to God that we understand this aspect of His nature. His perfection is so complete that He cannot abide a hint of sin in His presence. However, human beings are inherently sinful, so for us to commune with God, He had to plan a way of atonement for mankind’s transgressions.
God’s holiness demanded a blood offering to wipe away wrongdoing. (Leviticus 17:11) In giving the Law to Moses, He established a provision for cleansing the imperfect people: the priests would offer an animal sacrifice to cover the Israelites’ sins. (Leviticus 4, 5) The New Testament brought a new provision: at the cross, God accepted a final shedding of blood as the once-for-all payment for all sin—past, present, and future. Jesus’ all-sufficient, atoning sacrifice paid our entire sin-debt so that we could enter into God’s holy presence.
Believers sometimes underestimate the significance of being able to speak with God.
Prayer is our birthright; more precisely, it is our rebirthright as children “born again” into the Lord’s family. (John 3:3) Unbelievers may talk toward heaven, but Scripture offers no hope that God will listen or respond unless they, too, receive Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf. As believers, we are welcome to pray and draw close to the Father because the Son is our permanent high priest, eternally covering us in a veil of righteousness.
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