For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Below is an excerpt on prayer from Pastor Bill Elliff. As I read it, I was reminded how easy it is for me to just casually walk into prayer with no thought of the price that was paid for this. For me it is both sobering and wonderful to think of all He paid so that you and I could connect with Him in prayer!
We may take meeting with God in prayer as a nice, occasional opportunity, and treat it lightly. If we are not thoughtful, we can waltz in and out of His presence with little thought of what has happened to allow us to enter this holiest place. But we should stop and remember the price that was paid to bring us this gift.
Because of Christ, the veil was torn that separated us from the Holy of Holies and now we can enter and experience the presence of Christ all the time. Our sins are covered by His sacrifice.
Remember the false accusations Christ endured from the very people He created. The scorn and ridicule. Pause and think of the metal-tipped, leather whips that ripped the flesh from His body, making Him unrecognizable. Ponder His walk towards Golgotha as people cried out around Him in anger.
And then walk with Him to the Cross. Hear the nails ripping human flesh. The dull thud of the Cross into the hole prepared. Watch His body as it is contorted into a posture that brought slow and certain death.
Remember that “He who knew no sin” was becoming sin on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21). Observe in silence the moment of greatest grief as the Father looked upon His Son -- the One with whom He had enjoyed perfect fellowship for eternity -- and poured the full weight of His wrath upon the sin-laden Christ. Observe Jesus bearing this grueling punishment of separation from the Father. Watch Him enduring hell for our sin.
And as He cried with His last breath, “It is finished!”, watch the massive veil of the temple torn from top to bottom. The veil that separated us from the mercy seat. And realize it was torn by none other than God, inviting us all to enter into His presence freely because of the sacrifice of His Son.
Remember these moments as you approach Him in prayer and come in humble gratitude. It cost Christ His life for this curtain to be torn and the way made for you to enter God's presence. For us to be able to enjoy the privilege of prayer. Do not treat this lightly or handle it with little respect or casual commitment. It is an amazing act of His mercy that is available to all.
SOURCE: Prayer with No Intermission. Bill Elliff. Day 20.