Encouragement To Pray

Hebrews 4:14-16:  (14) Seeing then we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  (16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Our High Priest, Jesus the Son of God :   We are encouraged to pray because of our High Priest, Jesus the Son of God.  Hebrews 3:1 says, “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus”.  As an Apostle Jesus came out from God with a message and a ministry.  His message was the words of the Father and his ministry was to do the work the Father sent him to do in the power of the Father.  As a High Priest Jesus offered a sacrifice (himself–the Lamb of God) for the sins of mankind (that takes away the sins of the world).and went back to the Father on behalf of mankind.  His ministry is extended into and from heaven. “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Hebrews 9:24). After he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, he sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12).  “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).  His Priesthood is forever and unchangeable (Hebrews 7:24).

 

He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.  “For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succour (aid and help) them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).  He understands our temptations and our struggles.  He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities and our weaknesses.  He is moved with compassion now as he was when he was here on the earth.  Compassion means sorrow for the sufferings or trouble of another with the urge to help (Webster’s New World Dictionary).  He has walked in our shoes so to speak, having experienced temptations and having overcome them, he is able to help us.    He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities.

 

Let Us Hold Our Confession Of Faith:

     1.  Our confession of faith in Jesus’ wisdom and knowledge.  He

           knows all things including our temptations, struggles, infirmities,

           weaknesses and circumstances.

     2.  Our confession of faith in Jesus’ power.  He said, “All power is

          given unto me in heaven and earth.  Go ye therefore” (Matthew

          28:18-19).

     3.   Our confession of faith in Jesus’ presence.  He said, “I am with

          you always, even unto the end of the world”.  Hebrews 13:5

          says, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”.  He is with us

          there in our time of temptations, struggles, infirmities, and

          weaknesses and he will never forsake us to deal with        

          them alone.

Our temptations, struggles, infirmities weakness, and circumstances tend to attack and try our faith.  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith,

 

Let Us Therefore Come Boldly:

     1.   Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace from which mercy

            and grace are bestowed.

     2.   Let us come boldly because of who He is, what He has done,

           and what He has promised.

      3.  That we may obtain mercy which is the outward manifestation

           of pity.  Mercy assumes need on the part of him who receives

           it.  Mercy also assumes resources adequate to meet the need

           on the part of Him who shows it.  God is able.

      4.   That we may find grace which is the divine favor of God.  It is

            free, universal, and not based on merit.  We may find the grace

            to help in our time of need.  God says, “My grace is sufficient

            for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2

            Corinthians 12:9).  “God is able to make all grace abound 

            toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things,

            may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 

 

 

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!