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Prayer; Boldness and Access

Book of Ephesians

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.”