It’s safe to say that unless we were in a desperate situation we would never ask a favor from someone we believed disapproved of us. We’d expect that they would say “no” without thinking twice.
When we don’t stand in our righteousness in Christ this is exactly how we’ll approach prayer.
We know we need to pray. We want to pray. But we won’t pray because we believe that God disapproves of us based on our past, our present, or the sins we think we might commit in the future.
We don’t want to bring our needs and wants to our Father because when we try to, we’re hit with the thoughts, “Who do you think you are? You can’t pray to God. Do you remember what you did yesterday? You can pray if you want to, but He probably won’t listen, and if He does He’s not going to do anything.”
These thoughts come straight from the devil. He wants us to be insecure in our relationship with God, because then we won’t pray, or we’ll be sheepish in our prayers. The devil wants to cut the lines of communication between us and God.
It’s the same strategy that armies use when they’re in a war. The first thing they want to do is cut the lines of communication. If they can do that, then victory is almost assured.
We don’t have to be insecure with our Heavenly Father, and we certainly don’t have to be timid in our prayers. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Our righteousness in Christ is the reason for our confidence in prayer. He does not see us in our sins. He isn’t holding anything against us. We are loved and approved of by our Father, so why wouldn’t we draw close to Him and let Him know what we need; or thank Him, or tell Him that we love Him, or talk with Him.
Whenever we’re having trouble praying because of insecurity or condemnation we simply need to remind ourselves that we are the righteousness of God in Christ. It will give us all the confidence and boldness we need to draw near to God.