How is your prayer life? What do you want it to be? Better, yet, what does God invite it to be? Where does prayer take you? The following verses really don’t have as much to do with prayer as with the place prayer takes us.
“After these things, I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things. Immediately I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.” Rev. 4:1,2, NASB
Even as John received an invitation to come and see, we, too, are invited to come through the open door and see with eyes of faith the Father high and lifted up. Jesus has opened that door to us as well as He is the door.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6. “Jesus, when he cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom…” Matt. 27:50, 51a.
Christ’s sacrifice opened the way to God. He satisfied God’s wrath against sin and we know this to be true because of the resurrection. His blood bought our forgiveness of sin and gave us an open door to the throne of God now through prayer, and in the future through our own resurrection or translation into God’s eternal kingdom.
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Heb. 10:19-22. “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession…Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb. 4:14,16.
What God sees as done is done. At this time Jesus stands before the Father for us, and the Father sees us as already seated with Christ.
“For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;” Heb. 9:24. “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us…hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” Eph. 2:4,6.
Now with all that said, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name,” Heb. 13:15.
Behold Him who sits on the throne.