“For through him we both have access to the Father by one spirit” – Ephesians 2:18 (NIV).
Usually when a child in a family has been promised something and happens not to receive it two things can happen, depending on what type of family. If a child has a poor relationship with his father built on fear he might just shrug, bottle all in, and move on. He fears if he speaks up things might get even worse.
But in another family where a child has had a good relationship with his father he would be free to wonder aloud in his presence and plead his case. The father would patiently listen, possibly explain and might even change his mind. This is because the two have a personal relationship built on trust.
Likewise our relationship with God is not built on fear but trust. For example, on many occasions when Moses was faced with a situation contrary to his expectations he would go to God directly and plead his case. There was a moment when God was angry with the Israelites and wanted to destroy them all for doubting his power. Moses pleaded with God against this course of action. “If you put all these people to death leaving none alive, the nations who have heard all about this report would say, “The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness” (Numbers 14:15-16).
God listened to Moses’ cry and changed His mind. The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them as you have asked..” (Verse 20). Here we see that Moses had the confidence to go to God and plead his case. We also note that God heard him and did not destroy all the Israelites as he had earlier declared.
As believers we have a relationship built on trust and not fear with our God. If in the course of our lives something goes contrary to our expectations we too just like Moses can access Him through Christ and plead our case. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will he hears” (I John 5:14).
Today if there is a course of your life that has not gone to plan, perhaps you have a need not met; do not just walk away, with a cold shoulder. Rise up and go to God, cry out to Him and plead your case. Plead before him like King David: “But you, Sovereign Lord, help me for your name’s sake, out of the goodness of your love, deliver me” (Psalms 109:21). Ours is a God who through His son Jesus Christ has come down to meet each one of us at our point of need.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I come to you with full confidence in Christ Jesus, bringing to you all my needs, even that situation troubling me, that you may show your mercy and bring victory to me as your child.