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In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.John 16:26–27
No intermediary. No go-between. No barrier. Not since the cross. Not even the Son, in whose name we pray, needs to go for us! The door is held open with a doorstop that cannot be moved: the cross. Let us go directly. Christ said, “Our Father” which means prayer is an invitation to join Him, shoulder to shoulder and knee to knee at the throne of grace. What other invitation is so beautiful and real?
Sometimes people will come and ask me to pray for them, and I get this sense that they think my prayers are more successful. But, they aren’t. My prayers are no more successful than the least child of my Father. The fact is that so many don’t really ask. Every child of our King can walk right up to Him in all of His glory. The angels around Him cannot bear to look at His glory and cover their eyes. All of their words are praise. They have their work there at the throne, and we walk right by them in our prayers, plop down next to our Almighty Father and ask what we need. No one can bar you out or keep you from Him. We need not to be ashamed of our boldness, our reckless approach toward His glory; we only ought to be ashamed that we have loitered for so long without coming and telling Him what we need and want. Oh, how He loves us! Praise Him!