Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19, 22 ESV)
When the tabernacle was assembled and later when the temple was built, it was built to house the presence of God. There was an outer court, an outer chamber, and an inner chamber. The chambers were places only the priests were allowed to enter. The inner chamber was called the “holy of holies” ands could only be entered once a year. When it was entered, the priest had to first be consecrated through the sacrifice of an animal, bearing his blood. This was to atone for his sin.
But now, we are all invited to come into this holy of holies. We are encouraged to go over and over again! For the way has been opened to us. The blood required for consecration, for atonement, has been sprinkled upon our hearts. This was the affect of Christ’s sacrifice. Given this great and privileged invitation, let us now squander it or take if for granted, but take full advantage of the opportunity we are given to enter God’s throne room and lay our praise, confession, thanksgiving, and requests before him.
Lord, would you teach us to pray and give us a longing to be in your presence in prayer, knowing that you have cleansed our consciences by the blood of Christ.