Hebrews 10:19-25 – “Therefore, brothers, 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 in full assurance of faith, 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 faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
This is another meat and potatoes passage on prayer and worship that includes some roughage! What an incredible privilege we have to enter the most holy place in the entire universe – the very Throne Room of God! It’s a breath-taking place where no sin or corruption may enter! So, considering our righteousness is as filthy rags, how is that possible? Our Hebrews writer tells us that it is by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way! His broken body and His shed blood have opened the way into this Most Holy Place! Although we have been given access, we seem to need extra encouragement to proceed on in. What a friend (Great High Priest) we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer!
Since we have this great privilege, here’s the LETTUCE for this Rough-Age in my paraphrase: LET US draw near to God with sincerity of heart and confidence that Christ’s blood has purified us from all sin – that cleansing that will keep the Most Holy Place clean and pure and holy. LET US tenaciously hold to our hope in Christ because He never fails to be faithful! LET US generate ways in which we may inspire others to believe enough to demonstrate God’s love to souls around us. LET US not stop meeting together for prayer, worship, fellowship, study of the Word, and for serving Christ! There are too many who have made it a habit of no longer attending these important gatherings. Instead of following their example, LET US be encouragers of these things in each other’s lives – and all the more as you see the Day approaching!
- Humbly meet together with at least 1 or 2 others to encourage faith and pray for each other.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.
- Confess your sin and be confident that He is faithful and just to forgive your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: Bob & Alison St.James (Matt, Kelly, Nate), Rick & Jenn Suhr, Steve & Allison Worrall.
- Thank God for His faithfulness that gives you hope and enables you to trust His Word.
- Ask God to teach you creative ways of inspiring others to live godly lives of love and goodness.
- Join in with our Sunday prayer services to pray for God’s presence and blessing.
- Ask God to help you make prayer meeting, worship, fellowship, Bible study, and serving Christ at the top of your priorities and regular habits of life.
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Pray that others will see the witness of your example and become motivated with the same priorities and habits.
- Ask God to help you stay faithful and increase that faithfulness all the more as the day of His appearing draws ever closer!
Prayer Challenge: Make room in your life for developing the godly habits and priorities of Prayer, Worship, Fellowship, Bible Study, and Serving the Lord. Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold, but rather take charge of your life with godly determination that says, “Choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” Then DO IT! Remember that 7 days without prayer makes one WEAK! Hope to see you at prayer meeting!