It is through Jesus Christ that we, His beloved children, have access to the Father. We have so many glorious privileges through Jesus Christ; one of the most amazing and glorious is that we can come before God our Father with our requests, petitions, concerns, praises, worship and intercession for others.
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself on new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:14-22
8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:8-12
Through Christ’s death upon the cross Jew and Gentile have been reconciled to God because He abolished in His flesh the enmity of the commandments that stood against us both. He has made us into His body the church which is established upon the Holy Word of God given to the apostles and the prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone. Since we are His body, His church, just as He prayed to the Father, He has made the way for us to enter the heavenly throne room. We can come before God our Father with our hearts filled with adoration and our spirits laden with our concerns and by His almighty grace He hears and answers our supplications and requests. Jesus Christ gives us, as His beloved redeemed ones through repentant faith in Him, whether Jew or Gentile, bold access to our God, Savior and King! Hallelujah!
As we continue in the wonderful book of Ephesians there are heavenly prayers bequeathed to Paul and us by the Holy Spirit that we may claim as our own and confess before our heavenly Father. It is for our glory and God’s praise to come before Him with these glorious sanctified requests.
13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
Paul, taught and led by God, preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, because amazingly we are included among those that Christ has purchased with His blood and made the sons and daughters of God. He suffered persecution because of this call to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. Since God had called Paul to his office as apostle to the Gentiles and his heart was for their growth in the knowledge of God’s love given them in Christ Jesus, Paul prayed the prayer for their blessing, for our blessing. We can pray this wonderful prayer also, that we can know the love of Christ Jesus, experientially in our lives through the knowledge of His grace given to us as revealed in the Holy Scriptures and the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit Who strengthens our hearts that Christ may dwell there by our faith in Him. Lastly, Paul encourages us that God has the power and the resources to resoundingly answer this and all prayers in our lives because of His great power at work within us. Hallelujah!
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Paul, enabled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, had great love for all those whom he heard had faith in Jesus Christ. In his great zeal for the church, Christ’s beloved, redeemed ones, he gave the following prayer in the first chapter of the book of Ephesians:
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:15-23
As we live here for Christ’s glory may we be emboldened with the knowledge that the same power God used to raise Christ from the dead and seat Him at His right hand in heaven, is the same power at work within us. We are redeemed by God’s glorious power. We have an abundance of blessings and riches that far exceeds anything this world has to offer. We can confidently trust our Lord God our Savior to work His mighty work that He accomplished through Christ when He died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our victory in us so that we can live for His good glory. We do not need the resources of fallen man, who is lost and confused, we have all that we need in Christ Jesus and He rules over all for our establishment in the faith and continuance in our walk with Him. Let us like the example that God has put before us through His beloved apostle Paul pray these prayers for ourselves and for one another. Let us with boldness reach out to the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ and expectantly trust our Lord and Savior to save them with the same heavenly calling that He has saved us. Praise God for the precious prayers that He has given to us in His Word the Bible.
18 …praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—19 and for me, that utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-21