When I am praying I need to see Jesus enthroned. It is essential for me to remember the One to whom I am speaking, and where He has affixed Himself while we are living below. He is not walking the earth anymore as the Son of Man, where He once experienced hunger and weariness and pain and death. He is not impaled on a cross, a naked spectacle being mocked by man and forsaken by God. Jesus Christ is not entombed in a dark and mysterious silence, taken from us, where we cannot sense His presence, hear His voice or receive His love and life. He is not speaking His final words to us, before lifting off from terra firma to disappear into the clouds in His ascension to glory. No, when I am praying I must remind myself that I am pleasing my King by seeking Him on His throne. He has extended His sceptre of welcome to me, and I come boldly before Him to obtain mercy and find grace to help in my time of need. I am trusting that He will both hear my words and act in ways that will satisfy the dual purpose of His heart for my life: His glory and my lasting good.
So I pray to the enthroned One.
I call out to the Sovereign King over all.
I wait upon the timeless God of the Ages to act.
I look to the Faithful Lord who has not forgotten the promises which He has made to us.
I hide myself in the One who has declared that the mutiny of Satan and his demons is a failed effort.
I dance before the One who has called me His child, and promised me that I am accepted, completed and beloved.
I listen to the voice of Him who needs never to speak long or loudly to convince me of His commitment to me.
I move in the Spirit – the very Life and Presence of God Almighty – as I do what I can do for Him, even as I am often waiting to be allowed to do all that I wish to do.
So I rest in Him. His throne tells me that there is nothing to fear, nothing to dread, nothing to lose. His throne defies me to not believe Him for today – how could I not trust both His heart and His hand? His throne beckons me to come near and, each time I do, my hesitations about tomorrow melt away.
So I am staying near the throne. I am praying near the throne. I am keeping my eyes locked with the One seated upon the throne. God’s Lamb is ruling there. My Savior is interceding there. Our King is reigning there.
King Jesus is smiling when He looks upon me from that throne. He is actually smiling at me. And He has declared that I am precious to Him. Today, that is more than enough.
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