The prayer of intimacy is also known as the prayer of drawing near. Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us therefore come boldly, to the throne of grace…” The throne of grace being referred to in this Scripture is the Mercy Seat. Under the Old Covenant, God told Moses to build a tabernacle of worship and priesthood by which Israel could draw near to God, which means, if they wanted to develop intimacy with God, they would come to Him through the Tabernacle and the services of offerings thereof. The Old Covenant was a shadow of better things to come; it was a shadow and type of the original, true Tabernacle in heaven. So, the Law was a shadow of the original. The New Testament is the substance. The Old Testament was the shadow of the substance that the New Testament represents. So, God desires to dwell in the midst of His people. God’s command given to Moses to build the Tabernacle is proof that God loves to dwell in the midst of His people. In other words, God wants His people to draw near unto Him, to become intimate with Him. So, now that we are born again, our bodies have become the Temple of God. Your body is now the Tabernacle of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). Therefore, drawing near to God is seeking the Lord in prayers and devotion to the Word by the Spirit of God that dwells in us.
Though the children of Israel could not enter into the holiest of all, except the High Priest who entered in once in a year, but in Christ, we have boldness and access to approach the Father at any time. How? “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (Hebrews 10:20). That means there was an old and a dead way, which is the Old Testament; but there is a new and a living way which Christ has consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, with His flesh. Christ consecrated and sanctified this new and living way for us, which means that by Him, we may freely offer unto God sacrifices of thanksgiving, prayers, supplications and intercessions. So, Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father, but by Me. Therefore, we cannot approach the Father without Jesus Christ, for He is our access to the Throne of Grace, and in His Name, standing on His finished works, we can approach the Father and expect to receive from Him in that glorious Name.
SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that my heart is endeared to God and I walk in the light of His truth for me. By the new and living way, I make bold to declare that the Lord and I are inseparable!
John 16:23; 1 John 5:14-15.