Post by guest blogger: Tony Greene from City Centre
What Paul writes in Hebrews 11:6 might look at first glance to be discouraging!
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
I know I sometimes don’t feel full of faith and therefore let Him down somehow.
I believe prayer is about relationship. It is about resting in the safe, secure, sometimes silent, solitary place of just knowing Jesus.
Jesus, when He taught His disciples to pray started with:
“Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be your name”
Jesus' words show a mixture of familiarity and reverence. Love, and respect for His Majesty. Ultimately, it is about knowing who we love, and desiring to please Him.
I don’t think prayer is a place where we just quote verses and promises to God. That would be like trying to twist God’s arm. Instead it’s about exploring His character and attributes so that when we do ask, we are trusting in who He is as well as what He has said.
In that place, when we pray, we can hear Hebrews 11:6 as a series of encouragements:
1. Draw near to God!
(Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need)
2. Believe that He exists
(if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved),
3. He will reward you
(Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart).
This is faith that delights God, pleases Him, makes Him overjoyed!
How can we not pray?