The lines of communication to God are open to all who trust and believe in Jesus. Previously, people had to approach God through priests. The most holy place in a temple was sealed by a curtain and only a high priest could enter their once per year on the Day of Atonement when he would offer sacrifices for the nation’s sins. However, after Jesus resurrection, believers became priests and could approach God personally and walk in His presence because Jesus made us acceptable to God.  (John 16:23-27 and Hebrews 10:19-23).

Our prayers will be heard by God if they are prayed in Jesus’ name. Jesus taught His disciples to use His name when praying to God,“. . . whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 15:16 and John 16:24).  We can also go right into God’s presence if we come wholeheartedly with proper motives and pure and sincere worship. Therefore, we need to evaluate our thoughts and motives with his word and come boldly before Him with a clear conscience. A clean conscience will allow us to approach Him boldly. We also need to get rid of doubt and have faith that He will hear and answer our prayers.

Pray with a clear mind and self-control “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”(1 Peter 4:7). Pray in agreement with other believers.  Jesus looked ahead to a new day when He would be present with His followers through His Holy Spirit. The sincere agreement of two “Holy-Ghost filled” people in prayer is more powerful than the superficial agreement of thousands because of the Spirit of Christ within them – when they pray according to God’s will.   “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”(Matthew18:19-20).  Keep on praying.

Finally, keep on praying. Persevere as you wait for the Lord to answer you prayers. “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” (Romans 12:12). Corrie Ten Boom once said, “A man is powerful on his knees.”