The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Throne of Grace"
Part 2 - Grace and Prayer
God's grace in the Lord Jesus Christ and prayer are inextricably bound.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1-2).
Our relationship and fellowship with God presently and forever flow with the current of grace. Through Christ, God perfectly justifies believers in God's sight, spiritually enrobing us with the righteousness of His Son. "Christ… is made unto us righteousness" (I Corinthians 1:30). Such freely given favor provides opportunity for communication with God through prayer. "Through Him we have access by one Spirit unto the Father" (Ephesians 2:18).
Believers must realize this inseparable link between our Lord of grace and our life of prayer. While our doings (and non-doings) can be a hindrance to our fellowship with God, never do they constitute the primary basis of our access to Him. The Lord Jesus alone paved the path to the Throne of grace. He alone maintains it. "I am the way" He declared (John 14:6). He meant these words in the moment He said them, and their truth abides until this moment and forevermore. Moreover, the better we know the grace of the Lord Jesus that makes possible every prayer we will ever pray, the more our doings (and non-doings) will conform to the glory and will of God. Personal communion with our Father fosters practical consecration to Him. The grace of the Lord Jesus alone makes both aspects of walking with God possible and actual.
In our best moments and worst moments, believers may approach the Throne of grace in prayer so long as we come with humble, trusting hearts. Indeed, our "worst moments" may well be the time we most need to seek our Father in prayer by accessing His forgiveness, cleansing, and restoration. Understanding the link between God's grace in Christ and our access to the Throne goes far in motivating and empowering a more consistent life of prayer, and a more consistent life of "the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:11).
"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Through Him we have access by one Spirit unto the Father"