Acknowledge the Privilege of Drawing Near to God in Prayer
We must acknowledge it an unspeakable favor and an inestimable privilege that we are not only admitted, but invited and encouraged, to draw near to God in prayer.
You have commanded us to pray always, with all prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, and, to that end, to keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints; Ephesians 6:18(ESV) to continue in prayer, and in everything, by prayer and supplication, to let our requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6(ESV)
You have directed us to ask and seek and knock, and have promised that we will receive, we will find, and it will be opened to us. Matthew 7:7(ESV)
You have appointed for us a great High Priest, in whose name we may draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16(ESV)
You have assured us that while the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, the prayer of the upright is acceptable; Proverbs 15:8(ESV) and that the one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies you; Psalm 50:23(ESV) and the sacrifice of thanksgiving will please the LORD more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. Psalm 69:30-31(ESV)
You are he who hears prayer, and therefore to you shall all flesh come. Psalm 65:2(ESV)
You say, “Seek my face,” and our hearts say to you, “Your face, LORD, do we seek.” Psalm 27:8(ESV) For, should not a people inquire of their God? Isaiah 8:19(ESV) To whom shall we go but to you? You have the words of eternal life. John 6:68(ESV)