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For Those Who Do Not Feel “Worthy” To Approach God In Prayer

July 30th, 2010 Posted in encouragement, Pastor's corner, questions, sermons

Do you ever feel as though you are not “worthy” enough to approach God in prayer?

If so, then read this Scripture:

His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. And he did this because he wanted to! Now all praise to God for his wonderful kindness to us and his favor that he has poured out upon us because we belong to his dearly loved Son.  (Ephesians 1:5-6 TLB)

What God has done for us

So often, we hear about what we are supposed to do for God. But the emphasis of the Bible is not so much on what we are supposed to do for God, but rather on what God has done for us.

If we can get hold of that in our minds and hearts, it will change our outlook and actions. The more we understand of what God has done for us, the more we will want to do for Him.

This is no small truth. In fact, it’s fundamental to our spiritual lives.

The devil would love to keep you from praying at all by reminding us how “unworthy” we are—telling us, in effect, that we have a lot of nerve to even think that we could approach a holy God. He whispers, “Do you think that God would hear your prayers after what you have done?” But the real question to ask is this: “Is Jesus Christ worthy to come into the presence of the Father whenever He wants?” Of course, He is.

“Accepted in the Beloved”

The fact is that we are “accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6). Because Christ has open access to the presence of the Father at any time, we have the same access when we come to God the Father through our relationship with Jesus. It’s not on the basis of what we have done for God. It is solely on the basis of what Christ has done for us.

Listen to the writer to the Hebrews:

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. This is the new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us through the sacred curtain, by means of his death for us. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s people, let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him. (Hebrews 10:19-21 NLT)

I just can’t imagine any better news than that.

3 Responses to “For Those Who Do Not Feel “Worthy” To Approach God In Prayer”

  1. Candice says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg for, well, everything, but today when I read your “Worthy” blog. I feel that way all the time, no matter what I do. Your first paragraph says “His plan has always been to adopt us…” You cannot know what that means to someone like me. My sister and I are adopted by my grandparents. It was a very hard situation for everyone. The way the situation happened, though, there was no other way to help in our growth, love, worthiness. I think with most adopted people or those “left behind” there is always that feeling that bubbles up when we least expect it. So happy that you were here to nudge me in that area since both of my parents are dead. I thank you very much. Always and God Bless you with your upcoming crusades and to your family for the reminders that are probably even more prevelent about now.

  2. JASON FROM BORONIA MELBOURNE VICTORIA AUSTRALIA says:

    Pastor Greg
    I know I am in God’s Prensences and since I asked Jesus Christ into my life he is transforming me daily and I know that The Christian Walk Is A Marrithon Not A sprint because my Friend Steve Chishlom from Bayswater Melbourne Victoria Australia told me this.
    Jason

  3. christina SMith says:

    thanks for the accepted in the beloved. As we are given a lot of bible verses and some fo them get right into the flesh parts and it hurts to have them exposed. But is good for us. Is always rad to know we ar accepted in the beloved. A pastor has a delicate job of bringing the WOrd and your teaching corrects and blesses and builds us up! Rom 1:16 and John 3:16 and Matt 28:18-20. so thanks pastor.
    God bless YOU.
    we are keeping YOU in loads of prayer for the upcoming Crusade in Anaheim!
    Micah 6:8
    c. smith.

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