JESUS SAID, "WHEN YOU PRAY".
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"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,"
There's a point Jesus makes about praying that is particularly significant. In John 15 verse 16 He said these words:
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you
that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain,
that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you".
"Go" and "Ask", He said, linking going and asking together. This is what underlies Kingdom Praying.
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples," John 15'8.
When His appointed people have a "going disposition" they will find themselves having an "asking disposition".
For every Believer, but especially one who feels uncertain or unworthy about praying, our Father gives some heart-warming assurance.
His promise is that He will draw near to us when we draw near to Him. Jesus says, simply, ask. And heavenly Father is merciful and gracious.
And the Holy Spirit encourages us, too. In the letter to Hebrew Believers, and to all Believers, the Spirit says:
"Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need," Hebrews 4'14-16.
So, regardless of any discouraging or depressing thoughts, or any distractions from the enemy, we can draw near to our Father and pray. Let's remember: "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8'31).
Hebrews 10'19-23 makes this great exhortation:
"Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
and having a High Priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful".