The Power of Persistent Prayer Pt. 3

For some context on this study, check out: The Power of Persistent Prayer Pt. 1 and The Power of Persistent Prayer Pt. 2.

Prayer is the medium that allows to us to hear the voice of God, while we are yet unable to see His face. Prayer brings the suppliant in communion with the Creator. In fact, we learn from Hebrews 4:16 that prayer takes us to the Most Holy Place. In that verse we are beckoned to, “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy in time of need.” And the throne of God is in the Most Holy place: “We have such an high priest [Jesus], who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens”. Now, we know from Exodus 28:35 that the high priest alone ministers in the Most Holy Place, under the old covenant. Yet, through the new covenant, we can enter the “holiest of all” (Hebrews 9:8). This is significant, because it reveals the power of Christ’s atoning sacrifice and intercession (Hebrews 9:13, 14). Through Christ we are cleansed of our sins and empowered to live a life above sin (Matthew 5:48). This would make us fit to enter the Most Holy Place (Hebrews 9:14; Exodus 28:41).

Imagine that through a connection and growing relationship with Christ we can enter the Holiest of All, which was formerly forbidden for all save the high priest! On one occasion, the king of Israel, Uzziah, sought to, “burn incense upon the alter of incense” (2 Chronicles 26:16). Uzziah was consequently, “a leper unto the day of his death” (2 Chronicles 26:21). For while under the old covenant God promised that “if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then shall ye be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people…And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation” (Exodus 19:5,6), no ordinary man was to minister or dare to enter the Most Holy Place.

Yet in the new covenant we are told that

Ye are a chosen generation a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar [purchased] people; that ye should shew forth the praises [virtues] of him who hath called you into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

If we examine the last clause we see that under the new covenant we, “have obtained mercy”. Looking back to Hebrews 4:16, we remember that “we obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” from God’s “throne of grace”. This means that we have right to enter the Most Holy Place once we accept the new covenant, and overcome sin. This is why Jesus says to the Laodicean church, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne”.

So what is the new covenant? The Lord says:

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days saith the Lord; I will put [give] my laws (see Exodus 20:1-17) into their mind, and write them in [upon] their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. (Hebrews 8:9)

Notice, the reference to time in the new covenant: “after those days”. God made the new covenant for this generation, and the Laodicean church is symbolic of the last church in the world’s history. We are living in the end of the age. Our Savior and Lord is soon to appear (Hebrews 10:37).

Let us “lay hold upon the hope that is set before us” (Hebrews 6:18,19). Prayer activates this hope. As we commune with the Almighty we will not only be able to hear his voice, and see His face, but we will reign on His throne (Revelation 3:21).

Hallelujah! Praise God!

Amen!

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