Kidmin Devosby Katrina Miller
Atonement: A Foundation for our Prayers
by Katrina Miller
Do you remember the song “Do Re Mi” from the movie “The Sound of Music?” It goes something like this:
“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, when you read you begin with ABC when you sing you begin with Do Re Mi.” If foundational pieces make up our music and vocabulary, couldn’t the same be said of prayer? Often when we pray, we focus on the outcome, without knowing the “individual notes” that are needed to compose the “song” properly.
One of the “individual notes” that serves as a foundation for our prayer life is atonement. Atonement provides the reconciliation between God and humankind through Jesus Christ and describes what happens when something is offered up to God as payment for sin. We were once at odds with God, separated by sin, but the most beautiful thing happened when God sent His Son to make this payment and remove the barrier between us.
Romans 3:24-25a highlights this foundational truth “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith,”
Do we have a realization of what atonement is and how it affects our prayer life? When we pray for healing, for example, we can identify the sickness as something Jesus already bore on His body, and stand on His Word for our healing. 1 Peter 2:24 says “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sin, might live for righteousness -by whose stripes (wounds) you WERE healed.” When we pray, we can “appropriate the atonement,” which means we apply this spiritual reality to our life. Without this realization our prayers won’t have any power.
So let’s end on that note …and learn more redemptive realities next week!
by Katrina Miller
How many of you have ever had a Full Access Pass to a concert? A special badge granted you full access to backstage privileges, to meet the musicians, get their autograph and eat their gourmet food. You wouldn’t dream of missing this once in a lifetime opportunity and just stay outside.
I have good news! Did you know that God provided YOU a Full Access Pass? Ephesians 3:12 says “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.”
Our Heavenly Father gave us access to His presence, through His Son Jesus! Wow! 2 Cor. 5:21 says that we are made the righteousness of God in Him because He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us! Where sin once separated us from His presence, we can now enter in because we are in “right standing” with Him.
Hebrews 4:16 says ” Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
What Jesus did for us at the cross provided what the bible calls redemptive realities. Atonement, redemption, justification, and righteousness are just a few.
When we become more aware of these redemptive realities in our life we are positioned to enter in, in the boldness and confidence that Ephesians and Hebrews talk about.
Over the next several weeks we will explore these redemptive realities, and as a result, our prayer lives will be revolutionized, because we will learn how to enter in with FULL ACCESS to our Heavenly Father’s presence!