Just before the verse in Hebrews 10 we looked at yesterday, the writing gives us another “let us.” The context reminds us of why we are able to “draw near to God.” The blood of Jesus has provided a “new and living way” and He has become our “High Priest over the house of God” (10:19-21).
Jesus’ sacrifice has provided a way to draw near to God through His death on the cross. We then can collectively come near the presence of God. Since we as believers and the Church stand in the midst of a world rushing on to judgment, we must be those who intercede with God for the lost.
Paul “urged” Timothy to make “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings…for all people.” Why is this important? Because “this is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4). This attitude of God toward all people informs the way we pray for them.
Now, return to our verses in Hebrews 10:22, there are requirements as we draw near to God:
· “A true heart” – genuine and sincere.
· “Full assurance of faith” – absolutely and completely certain of God in whom my faith rests.
· “Hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience” – knowing that your heart is purified from moral failure and given the ability to discern between right and wrong.
· “Our bodies washed with pure water” – the Holy Spirit cleansing our lives through the word (Ephesians 5:25-26; John 7:37-39).
As these qualities form our lives, our freedom and passion to draw near to God will grow and our prayers will reflect the heart of God. He will act in power to glorify Himself through His work.
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