Unrestricted Access to the Father: Part IV in a Series
Our Lord told us we had all the resources we needed if we would only come to him.
Yet we continue to snub his costly gift.
scri pture admonishes us, "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith...
"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)" (Hebrews 10:22-23).
This passage clearly speaks of prayer.
God is urging us, "Come into my presence often, daily.
"You can’t maintain your faith if you’re not drawing near to me.
"If you don’t boldly enter my presence, your faith is going to waver."
You may know Christians who were once on fire for Jesus.
They were always making quality time for the Lord, searching his word and shutting themselves in with him.
They knew to draw to him to keep their faith alive.
Yet now these same Christians merely "think" their prayers.
Or, they rush into God’s presence for a few minutes, just to say, "Hello, Lord. Bless you. Please, guide me today. I love you, Jesus. Goodbye."
Their seeking heart is gone.
The unhurried communion they once enjoyed is no more.
When you ask them about their abandoned prayer life, they claim to be "resting on faith."
I tell you, prayerless people soon become faithless people.
The more they forsake the gift of access, refusing to draw on God’s provisions, the more they drift away.
Jesus Grieved Over Jerusalem Before He Ascended to Heaven.
When Jesus walked the earth, he made himself accessible to the population.
He taught in synagogues, on hillsides, on boats.
He healed the sick, performed wonders and miracles.
He lifted his voice at the feasts, crying, "I am the living water.
"Come to me and I’ll satisfy your thirsty soul."
Anyone could draw near to him and be satisfied.
But our Lord’s invitation was mostly ignored.
He cried over the people, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathered her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" ( Matthew 23:37).
He was saying to Israel, "I’m here now, available to you.
"I’ve told you to come to me for healing and to have your needs met.
"But you won’t come."
How did Jesus respond to the people’s rejection of him?
He declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate" (23:38).
The word Jesus uses for desolate here signifies loneliness, unfruitfulness, waste.
He said, "Your church life, your household, your spiritual walk — they’re all going to dry up and die."
Think about it.
If parents don’t seek God daily, their children certainly won’t.
Instead, their home will be filled with worldliness, spiritual barrenness, a loneliness beyond de scri ption.
Eventually, that family will end up in total desolation.
Keep in mind, Jesus spoke these warnings in a day of grace.
He added, "Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord" (23:39).
The meaning here is, "I’ve given you all the access you need to live an overcoming life.
"But you’ve ignored my offer.
"I’m sorry, but your decision is going to bring desolation to your life and home.
"And you won’t see me again until eternity."
When was the last time you came to God to find everything you needed for life?
Were you in trouble, facing a crisis with your family, your job, your health?
There’s nothing wrong with appropriating access to God in times of severe need.
Isaiah writes, "Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them" (Isaiah 26:16).
The Psalmist testifies, "I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.
"I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble" (Psalm 142:1-2).
Our Lord is a father who cares deeply about all his children’s troubles.
Whenever we face hard times, he urges us to draw near, saying, "Come, pour out all your troubles, needs and complaints to me.
"I’ll hear your cry and answer."
Yet, for many Christians, this is the only time they access the father.
I ask you — where is the panting after God that David describes, the deep thirsting to be in God’s presence?
Where is the daily ministry to him, the pouring out of the heart in love and adoration?