What Gives You The Right to Pray?

You know that feeling when you need to pray for something but there's this nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you don't deserve to ask? Or maybe God's too busy with people who are really righteous to listen to you? Or, even if you do get a prayer off your lips, Satan will knock it out of the air before it reaches God anyway? What gives you the right to pray? Let me show you so you can get what you need...

God gave you the right to pray when he gave you dominion over the earth. (See Genesis.) In other words, you're boss! Yeah, you... the boss!

Problem though, is that our relationship with God was broken through the measly act of a selfish woman and her selfish man eating off a tree that were not supposed to touch. That put distance between them and God. When that happened, they:

  • felt cut off from God
  • felt God was disappointed with them
  • didn't know if God would want them back
  • didn't know if God would still meet their needs
  • felt they didn't deserve the good things God could give them

Does this sound familiar? Have any of these thoughts popped into your mind when you think about praying and relating to God?

If so, take a deep breath. You feel this way simply because you're a descendent of the man and woman who made the first blunder - Adam and Eve. And yes, some of your own screw ups have contributed to these feelings too.

But there's a solution. And it's one that will give you hope and put you back in the driver's seat so you have the right to pray.

Only through Christ are you put back in right relationship with God, your sins forgiven and excused, giving you the right to pray with authority.

So what gives you the right to pray?

Simple...Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Romans 8:3b NLT

He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

Ephesians 3:12 NLT

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Now, looking at the scriptures above you can see that:

  • Jesus Christ, a guy totally without sin, paid for your sin.
  • Jesus Christ forgave you, your move is to just believe and accept.
  • Jesus Christ making you clean, gives you the right to pray.

Not only do you have the right to pray, but also the confidence to pray with boldness, authority, and knowing, yep...you the boss!

I'll share with you in the next post how you can use that authority to let the devil know - that you know - you're boss. Then, he'll leave you alone, and you can have what's been yours all along. Yes, the things you've asked for, but haven't received yet. Stay tuned and I'll talk with you later!

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