Earlier in the week we looked at what Jesus has done so that we can draw near to God. But it is not enough just to know the truth, we need to do the truth; we need to actually draw near to God in prayer. This is what today’s verse tells us:
“Let us draw near.” It is an encouragement to every single believer. Don’t put prayer off, don’t think about praying only, just do it.
We all say things like, “I need to pray more,” but often we don’t pray much at all. Sometimes it is because we are so busy. The answer to that is in what we read earlier in the week: “we have confidence to enter the holy places” (Hebrews 10:19). When we pray we are drawing near to God Himself. When we think of prayer in that way, it helps us prioritise. There can be nothing more important than drawing near to God.
There is another encouragement that Jesus opening the way gives us: we can pray anywhere at any time. Because He has opened the way into God’s presence (Hebrews 10:20), we are not limited by the place we come. We don’t have to wait until we are alone, we don’t have to wait until everything is quiet, we don’t have to wait until we go to church. We can pray anywhere, because the way to the Lord is open anywhere.
We don’t have to wait until we feel like praying, or when we have a long period of time to pray. Because the way to the Lord is open always and permanently, we can pray to the Lord at any time. Short prayers, long prayers, quiet prayers, loud prayers, calm prayers, passionate prayers, prepared prayers, spontaneous prayers – in fact, all prayers through Jesus Christ the Saviour, we can all pray at all times because He has made the way.
So, let us draw near…