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"WHEN YOU PRAY"
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,"
In John 15 verse 16 there's a point Jesus makes about praying that is particularly significant.
“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".
The point of what the Lord says is that going and asking are linked together which is the basic of Kingdom Praying.
Believers with a "going disposition" will find themselves having an "asking disposition".
The apostle John sums the Believers' desire for God to be glorified when he says:
"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us," 1 John 5'14 .
The promise that God will draw near to us when we draw near to Him is a heart-warming assurance for any Believer, but especially one who feels uncertain or unworthy about praying.
Nevertheless, Jesus says: simply ask! And the thing that is certain is that our heavenly Father is merciful and gracious. Also, the Holy Spirit encourages us.
In His letter to the 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.
And regardless of any discouraging or depressing thoughts, or any distractions from the enemy, we can draw near to our Father and pray.
Believers are sure to obtain mercy from Him and find His abundant grace.
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8'31).
No one, no thing, can succeed against God's children, because,
"We ... have a High Priest who ... was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
"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," Hebrews 10'19-23.