Access to God the Father
By Andrea Chatelain
Early in my faith I wondered if God heard me when I prayed or cared about my problems. Then I pondered the great lengths Jesus went to in order to secure our relationship. If I was worth dying for perhaps my prayers were important to Him too.
When Jesus came to earth as a man, He left the heavenly fellowship with His Father so that you and I could experience closeness with God again. In the beginning (Gen. 1-2), man and God enjoyed perfect friendship until sin interrupted our relationship (Gen. 3). Jesus’ death on the cross to pay the debt of our sin was the only way the brokenness could be fully healed. His sacrifice restored our freedom to experience complete fellowship with God again.
Ephesians 2:18 says, because of Christ, we have access to the Father through the Holy Spirit. So the answers to my questions about prayer are a resounding yes! Placing faith in Christ restores my intimate connection with the Father. Now, I can approach God knowing I matter to Him and that He hears me. That emboldens me to speak to Him freely, giving Him every worry, bringing my sin to His light, and asking Him to fill great needs.
What is holding you back from talking to God? I challenge you to spend time with Him today knowing He endured the cross so you could walk through life with Him.
Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She's part of the Wholly Loved Ministries team, is a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. It’s her joy to lead Bible studies in her neighborhood, church, and community because she believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers. Connect with Andrea more online at www.afruitfulwoman.com.
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