In Your Father’s Presence
In His Presence: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me” (John 14:11).
One day, as Abraham Lincoln’s son was walking in a park near the White House, he saw a young soldier sitting on a bench crying. The man was greatly distressed, and the young Lincoln stopped to ask what was wrong.
Looking up through his tears, the soldier explained that his brother had been placed in jail for something he did not do. He had been told that the only person who could help was the President of the United States. The problem, of course, was that he could not get a message to the president because no one in the White House would listen to him.
Lincoln’s son thought for a moment and then asked, “Mister, will you go with me?” Even though he did not know the younger Lincoln’s identity, he agreed. The two walked across the street and through the White House gate. They passed the guards and Lincoln’s personal secretary. In fact, they didn’t stop walking until they crossed the threshold of Lincoln’s office where his son finally spoke up and said, “Hello, Dad. This soldier needs to talk with you.”
The president looked up from what he was doing and smiled. Then he listened as the solider explained his situation. This story certainly proves that when you have the right relationship, you can go a lot further, a lot faster.
The same is true of our relationship with Jesus Christ. He is God’s Son, and He has direct access to His heavenly Father. We don’t have to spend time praying to others, hoping that we tapped into the right source. When you pray to Jesus, you have all the access you need. No one can prevent you from coming into His presence, and nothing can stop Him from answering your prayers.
You can take your heartaches, sorrows, and disappointments to God in prayer. Whatever concerns you also concerns Him. He is your heavenly Father, and He has full control over the entire universe.
One Minute Please
When you come to worship, you are worshiping the God of the universe who is also your Daddy.
Rather than viewing the cross as an historical event that will take us to heaven, we ought to view it as a current event containing everything we need to bring heaven to bear on earth.
In The Power of the Cross, Tony Evans carefully and pastorally applies the cross of Christ to life today. In three parts, he considers:
• What makes Christ unique; how Old Testament prophecy and typology looked ahead to Him; and how His humiliation, death and resurrection sets Him apart as Lord
• What was accomplished on the cross for us, how it is to be the centerpiece of our lives, and how it's a source of authority for us
• What is the power of the cross and the stability it provides, deliverance it offers, the power of its ongoing remembrance, and more
The cross is the hinge of history. How much more, then, is it the hinge of your life? It gained more for you than you may realize; do not make the grave error of overlooking it. As a thank you for your gift of any amount, we’ll get this brand new book, The Power of the Cross, out to you right away.