Prayer is our relationship with God. Through Jesus’ sacrifice we can come to God at any moment, all we have to do is believe that we can, or in other words, have faith that we can. In Hebrews 11 it says, ‘…faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’ It also says in Romans 10:17 that, ‘…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.’ Additionally, in Hebrews 11:6 it says that without faith it is impossible to please God, because to please God you must have faith that He exists to begin with!
In prayer we can come to God from any place if we have faith, because it was ‘While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8) In Psalms many people prayed through sorrow, doubt and fear. The most important thing about these prayers is that they always arrived at a place of truth in the end, for example, their hope in their salvation or trust in God’s unfailing love.
‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:38-39) Knowing the character of God, and that He love’s us unconditionally is incredibly important when we come to God in prayer. In Romans 10:14-21 it asks how can a person believe in God if they know nothing about Him?
Not even sin, however terrible, can separate us from God because the price was paid on the cross. Jesus said in Luke chapter 7:36-50 The one who has been forgiven much also loves much, like one who has been freed from many debts. So, you can enjoy being forgiven from so much!
‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.’ (Philippians 4:4-5) Yes, the Lord is near, and will never leave you. In fact, it says in the bible many times that God wants to know you, personally. It also says in Hebrews 11:6 that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
This coming year I would encourage you to focus on the words of Paul, ‘Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’