“In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”Ephesians 3:12
We’ve all heard that we could bring any of our petitions and confessions to God since He already knows what’s on our heart. Still, that isn’t always enough to convince us that we can freely approach Him. Sure, we’ll bring our prayer requests from friends, our daily troubles, petitions about our kids or minor confessions. But do we confidently bring Him ALL we have: all our worries, all our fears, all our requests, all our confessions, all our praise?
Before this promise in verse twelve, Paul explains that God’s plan for us was accomplished through Jesus. Jesus paid for our mistakes on the cross and now sits at the right hand of God petitioning and interceding on our behalf. Therefore, when we approach God, we do not approach Him with the broken and sinful hearts, but rather, we approach Him with hearts that have been made perfect and clean through Jesus. The question is, do we believe that? Do we believe that we can approach Him with freedom and confidence because Jesus restored our relationship with God?
If we do, the way we approach God changes. It goes from a teenager who tells her parents half-truths and discloses only necessary information while trying to fix her own problems to a child who brings all they have and all they know to their parents any time triumphs or troubles arise. If you are a parent, you know which you’d prefer. God wants us to bring all we have to Him with freedom and confidence. For many of us that may mean we need to change our prayer habits. We need to shift from a once daily praise before a meal to a constant conversation disclosing all. What do you need to freely and confidently approach the Lord with today?