Prayer; Boldness and Access
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:12
in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. (ESV)
How do you pray? What is the character of your prayer life? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discusses the privilege and importance of prayer from Ephesians 3:12. The Apostle Paul is making the point that we have access to God in prayer through Christ and can come with boldness and with confidence. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also shows importance of doctrine and practicing in our prayer life. If we are focusing on doctrine only in and of itself then we miss the point. However, if we abandon all doctrine and simply hope to “practice” then we miss the point altogether again. No, we must rather, know what God says about the Christian life, about prayer, about faith in Christ and then apply those things in practice as we live. How can we expect to come to God with boldness if we do not first understand how it is that we can come to Him in boldness? We can boldly approach the throne of grace in prayer through faith in Christ, He has made the way for us. He is our access to God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones gives two principles to think about in your prayer life. First, when we come to God in prayer we must not rely on our feelings, mood, or state of being to inform how we pray or if we pray at all. We must realize that these can be tools used by the devil to keep us from prayer, to plague us with doubts and remind us of our sins. Secondly, we must preach to ourselves. We must remind ourselves over and over of the truths of scripture. We must remind ourselves in the throes of doubt that Christ is our redeemer and our mediator. He is faithful to forgive us and we can boldly approach God in prayer through Him. Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes with this great reminder, “Draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you.”
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.