“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NASB
As a result of our saving relationship with Jesus Christ the bible teaches that all believers have direct access to the throne of God. (Hebrews 4:16). James 5:16 tells us that, “the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” We have no righteousness of our own. However, those who have trusted in Christ as their savior have a righteousness that is found in Him. (Romans 3:22). As we lift up or voice to God we are also encouraged with the great news that Jesus is the mediator between God and man. (I Timothy 2:5). So what does all of this mean? It simply means that through Christ we have direct access to the throne of the Father. The righteousness that is found in Christ is a perfect righteousness; therefore the prayers of a righteous man can accomplish much. Our prayers through Christ are powerful.
Have you ever been told or even thought to yourself that someone is too far gone? As I stood at the graveside of my mother I tried to give the pastor who just finished preaching her funeral some money for his time and effort. He graciously declined but upon my persistence he said to me if I really wanted to give the money then I should come to church that Sunday and put it in the offering plate. I agreed and began to walk away. He then grabbed my arm to turn me back around and spoke these words to me, “Rusty I’m going to pray for you until you turn your life over to Jesus.” At that time in my life I was a drug addict that was consumed with anger, rage, hatred and bitterness. Not only was I a drug addict, I also considered myself to be an atheist. As he spoke those words to me I shrugged it off like it was nothing. Fifty-six day later I accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord over my life. We are never too far gone and there is great power in prayer; if we pray.