John 16:26-27 "In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; "for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
The cross of Christ represents reconciling cleansing – it is our access to God – it removes my sins to allow me the unmerited privilege of entering the wondrous holy presence of God. None can approach the Father apart from the miraculous cleansing of our Lord and Savior. Intimacy and fellowship is impossible without Christ’s cleansing blood – our sin remains a barrier until we accept His redeeming sacrifice. God’s presence is not made complete through Christ – it is made available. We are not given the fullness of God through the cross – we are provided the right to humbly pursue it. Christ’s devotion and dependence upon the Father is our example – Christ’s sacrifice is our opportunity – if we come to God with full acknowledgement of the price paid by His Son – He hears us. My prayers should draw me into the presence of God – prayer should contain more gratitude than need. Prayer should acknowledge the wonder, majesty, holiness and sovereignty of God. If we would focus more upon the love and purpose of God our personal need would diminish.
Read through the Bible in one year – May 16/ John 5:1-24; 2 Kings 24,25