Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Entering the Throne Room
He already knows what we want.
He knows what needs to be done.
Why doesn't God just do what needs doing without all the fuss?
Take what He did to Mary, for instance, right after the resurrection:
Mary stood outside the tomb, crying...she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize Him. "Woman'" He said, "why are you crying?"..."Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him." Jesus said to her, "Mary". She cried out, "Rabboni!"--John 20:10-16
Mary knew Jesus thoroughly, pined for Him, mourned His death.
And He stood there, right beside her.
Why didn't she recognize Him?
Because He didn't want her to. Not then. Not yet.
Jesus wanted Mary ready for Him. He wanted her as much as she did Him, and jealously. He wanted her completely focused on Him, fully in His presence.
This is prayer.
It brings us fully before God. Prayer is our opening the door to His knock.
Ask and it will be given to you.--Matthew 7:7
And it is.
Not because we ask--God already knew what we were going to say--but because we have come properly into His presence.
This is His throne room. This is the place to which He invites us, saying,
Test me.--Malachi 3:10
Taste of me.--Psalm 34:8
Come to me, all you who are weary.--Matthew 11:28
Prayer is a mechanism. It does not have power because of its activity.
It has power because of the place to which it brings us.
Prayer brings us into communion with our God.