Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Great Privilege

But to the Son He says:

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. Hebrews 1:8

Your boss and perhaps your boss's boss and so on up to the CEO of the company may claim an open door policy. Do you often see the serfs and peasants of the company hanging out in there? Is the door open but conversation actually discouraged? Which of us could long keep a job if we monopolized the boss's time with constant speech in his ear? Yet which CEO in this world is so enduring that he or she could keep that position more than a lifetime?

In the first chapter of Hebrews, quoted from Psalm 45:6, the Bible uses 'forever and ever' to describe the permanence of God's throne. I cannot grasp forever and ever, it is too long for my human mind to understand. Obviously the position of CEO cannot begin to compare with our Lord. And yet, Paul often writes of constant prayer. How did he keep his position while taking up so much of the Lord's time? Worse, the apostle exhorts us to continue steadfastly in prayer. What is he trying to do, get us in trouble?

No doubt you have noticed the great privilege we have in prayer. We are not only allowed but encouraged to attempt to weary God's majestic ears with prayer all the time and in every circumstance. We are allowed and even wanted before the throne of God with our petty requests and bothersome pleas for help. In fact, God reminds us of His great love, His infinite mercies, and a grace that does not fail. The One who raises up kings and CEOs wants such lowly creatures as you and me to come to Him in prayer. Isn't that awesome? In the world, you or I may hold the lowest job in the company, the one job that all others aspire to leave behind as quickly as possible, but in Christ we are children of the King of kings with constant access to the throne that is above all others. All we have to do to go there is to exercise the great privilege of prayer.

Have a prayerful day in Christ!

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