The Way of Prayer
A Sermon on Hebrews 10:19-22
The Full Assurance of Faith
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (ESV)
What role does prayer play in your life? If you are a Christian, are you surprised by the amount of difficulties and trials you encounter? Perhaps when you trusted in Jesus for your salvation, you were under the impression that all the negative aspects of life would disappear. There is hope! As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims, Jesus, promised that along with the increase in trials, we will have His power and protection to persevere through difficult times. The power and protection is accesed through prayer. We find this in the letter of Hebrews as an example to encourage believers to pray through trials. The Doctor provides three biblical characteristics that should be consistent in how we pray. First, we must pray with confidence in God’s ability to handle our requests. Second, we must have a clear conscience since prayer is entering into God’s presence. Third, Christians must be sincere with God, it is no use holding back 1% of ourselves since we must be willing to submit all of ourselves to Him and His sovereign plan. Listen as Lloyd-Jones helps the believer apply these characteristics of godly prayer to their lives. The only way to stand firm in persecution is to look Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith!