Praying In Him
…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me
Many Christians pray wrongly, in a way that destroys their faith without realising it.
The prayer contents of some reveal a grievous misconception that has made their prayers ineffective. For example, they pray, “Father, we come into your presence….” Or “We come to you, in the Name of Jesus….” We Christians don’t “come” to God in prayer, we pray in Him and in His presence.
When you received Christ into your heart, to be born again, you were born into the presence of God. That was when you “came” to the Father. You don’t need to keep “coming” into His presence or to Him in prayer, because you already “came” through the Way, Jesus Christ, and when you came, you came to stay! Thus, you’re with the Father; you live and dwell in His presence. We abide in Him. Remember the words of Jesus: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
Notice the Master’s communication; He was very direct and unequivocal; He didn’t say “No man visits the Father, but by me”; instead, He said, “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Now that you’re born again, you’ve been baptised into His body: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13). Christ is that body, and it’s also our place in the presence of God—the right hand of the Father—we stay and live there now.
This is the reality: you’re in Him, and He’s in you; therefore you don’t need to “come” to Him or “go away” from Him! You live in His presence and carry that presence with you everywhere you go. The consciousness of His presence in you, and with you, should be a daily reality to you, for it’ll cause you to function from a position of advantage.
You abide in Him; you’re His living tabernacle; in Him you live, and move, and have your being. Glory to His Name forever!
I thank you for the joy of salvation and the privilege of living in your presence, seated with Christ, in the place of authority and dominion,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Ephesians 2:5-6; 2 Corinthians 5:17
1 Year Bible reading plan: Acts 21:1-16; Job 25-28
2 Year Bible reading plan: Luke 8:19-25; Joshua 7