By: Bill and Teddy Rogers
Priests Are No Longer Needed –
Now You Can Talk With God Personally And Directly!
NEW RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND GOD.
John 16:23 (NIV),
Jesus said “In
that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you,
my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
In this verse, Jesus is
talking about a new relationship between you (the believer) and God.
Previously, people approached God through priests. Now, because of
Jesus' death and resurrection, any believer can approach God
directly. No priest is needed - Hallelujah!
NEW DAY HAS DAWNED
10:19-23 (NIV) says
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter
the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way
opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and
since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near
to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith
brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty
conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold
unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is
A new day has dawned and now
all believers are priests, with permission to talk with God
personally and directly.
John 14:6 (NIV),
Jesus said “I
am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me.”
In this verse, Jesus said that
He is the only way to God the Father. You can approach God directly
because Jesus' death on the cross and your acceptance of Jesus as
your Savior has made you acceptable to God.
Some people may argue that
this way is too narrow. In reality, it is wide enough for the whole
world, if the world chooses to accept it.
Instead of worrying about how
limited it sounds to have only one way, you should be saying “Thank
you, God, for providing a sure way for me to be able to spend
eternity with you in Heaven and not have to guess about it!”
ARE ADOPTED CHILDREN OF GOD
8:16 (NIV) says “The
Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s
When we accept Jesus as our
Savior and make Him Lord of our life, we are adopted into the family
of God as His children.
We are accepted in the
beloved. Since Jesus is the beloved Son of God the Father, that means
that the Father accepts us as He would His own Son. We are now joint
heirs with Jesus and share in the same inheritance.
The Father looks upon us (the
redeemed) as if He were looking on His Son Jesus. What a blessing
that Christ has told us to approach the Father in His name! What a
IN THE NAME OF JESUS
When you pray to the Father in
the name of Jesus, it means that you come to the Father with the
knowledge that your only right in approaching Him is that Jesus shed
His blood and died on the cross for your sins and that He Himself has
given you authority to go directly to the Father through Him.
It means that you know that
you are totally unworthy of receiving anything from God and that the
only reason God should grant your requests is that you come in Jesus’
name. It is not a magic formula, but a heart attitude.
John 14:12-14 (NIV),
Jesus said “Very
truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have
been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because
I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for
anything in my name, and I will do it.”
When Jesus says that you can
ask for anything, remember that your asking must be in accordance
with God's character and will. God will not grant requests contrary
to His character and will, and you cannot use His name as a magic
formula to fulfill your selfish desires.
If you are sincerely following
God and seeking to do His will, then your requests will be in line
with what He wants, and He will grant your requests in His time.
John 15:16 (NIV), Jesus
said “You did not choose
me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear
fruit - fruit that will last - and so that whatever you ask in my
name the Father will give you.”
Jesus made the first choice –
to love and to die for you, to invite you to live with Him forever.
You must make the next choice – to accept or reject His offer.
Have you prayed and talked
directly to God today? Have you thanked Him for all He has done for
you? If not, we encourage you to do it now!
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