When praying on the Bible, it’s important to keep in mind certain biblical truths and mindsets regarding the death of Christ, rather than applying the blood of Jesus. As we discuss those biblical truths, we will see the significance of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and how it changed everything. We pray to God in line with what Jesus has done on the cross and its implication. That is why we need to meditate on God’s Word day and night. We must keep them in mind, not just as we live through the day, but also when we pray.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
What is the power of the blood of Jesus?
Before we dive into the “blood of Jesus”, there are certain biblical truths that we must tackle first. These biblical truths shape the way Christians pray to God. First is our sin. The Bible is clear that all of us have sinned, meaning that all of us have fallen short of the glory of God. Because of our sin, not only are we doomed to eternal death, but we are also separated from God. Just as Adam and Eve were banished from the presence of God and the Garden of Eden, so too were we. That is why we never feel God’s presence in our lives, and our prayers never reach Him.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Aside from being separated from God, we are regarded as enemies of God in sin. According to God’s Word, wrath is what He has for sinners. The only loving, gracious, and merciful act that God did for sinners was sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross, along with the common grace that He gives them. Apart from that, if a person is not in Christ, they receive God’s wrath. That is why we Christians preach the Gospel to the lost because only in Christ can they receive forgiveness for their sins. That is what separates the sheep of Christ from the nonbelievers. But how is that related to prayer? Because of our sin, even if our prayer reaches God, it is all pointless because what He has waiting for us is wrath.
The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
This is where Christ comes in, specifically what He has done, and how it changed our relationship with God. When Christ came, he took our sin and paid for it when He shed His blood on the cross. Our sin’s debt has been paid. Anyone who is in Christ can now approach the presence of God because their sin has already been dealt with. Note that this is only for those in Christ, believers who repented and believe in the person and work of Christ. They can come before the presence of God not because of their good works, but because of what Christ has done for them. Only those in Christ can approach God on His throne of grace and pray for mercy. That is why Jesus tore down the veil dividing the ark of the Covenant and the priest. In Christ, the wall of hostility between God and man has already been broken. It is available to those who choose to follow Jesus. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Him. We can only come to God, not through righteousness of our own, but through Christ.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
It was supposed to be us who God punished, who died on the cross, deserving as we are of eternal death. However, God was merciful and gracious. He sent His Son to die for our sins instead. Because of that, God’s wrath was satisfied on the cross, and in Christ, we can now have peace with God. Not only that, but in Christ, we receive the spirit of adoption in which we become children of God. That is a big transition from being an enemy of God to being a child of God, all because Christ paid for their sins by shedding His blood on the cross. Lastly, Christ came to mediate between man and God. The Bible tells us that Christ is our High Priest, the one who appeals and intercedes to God for us. That is why we know that our prayers reach the Father, because Christ is the one who mediates between God and us.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
We must point out those basic yet essential truths. If not for the blood of Christ, we would never be able to pray to God. What we just learned above should change how we see prayer in our lives. We are all the more appreciative and humble because even the fact that we can pray to God is because of His mercy and grace through Christ dying on the cross. Christ’s death means our sin has already been paid for, and because of that, the wall of hostility between God and men has been broken. We can now freely enter God’s throne of grace and pray to Him. To add more to that, we pray to God, not as our God, but also as our Heavenly Father. Our Father, whom we revere and respect, yet also can approach freely. We also always end our prayer with “in Jesus’ name”. This is because we only pray through Christ, who died for our sins and broke down the dividing wall between God and man. If we pray through ourselves, we will never get anywhere because of our sin. That is why Jesus is the only way to the Father, and those who are in Christ are the only ones who can come before the presence of God, not just to pray, but also to worship and adore Him.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
The “blood of Jesus” is something we must always keep in mind when we pray, knowing that His blood enabled us to stand before the very presence of God, who is our heavenly Father. The “blood of Jesus” is not a magical phrase that we apply to our prayer, thinking that whatever we pray will come true because we applied the “blood of Christ”. It is not some badge that we show to God and then expect Him to comply with our prayer without question. Whenever the Bible mentions the “blood of Christ,” it refers to the “death of Christ” if you read it in context. The death or the blood of Christ is not something we apply, but something that we must know about. We know that it brought us near to God because of His death. The phrase relates to the power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse you from sin, break the wall of hostility between you and God, bring you before the throne of God’s grace, and bring you into God’s family.
Son of God, You are our only way to the Father. If not for you, sin would still separate us from the Father. Thank You for coming down here to Earth and dying on the cross for us. Your blood has satisfied the Father’s wrath for our sins and broken down the wall of hostility that divides the Father and us. In You, we have received adoption and become children of the Father. Because of what You have done, I can now freely come before the Father’s throne of grace and pray to Him as my Heavenly Father. I thank You for the grace and mercy that You have shown me. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
That is how precious the blood of Jesus is in our lives. Not only does it satisfy God’s wrath for your sins, but it also brings peace between you and God. You are brought nearer to God by the blood of Jesus and are now in a relationship with God. Because of that, you can talk to God in prayer to worship Him, thank Him, and even tell Him about the concerns You have. Such things are not available if a person is not in Christ.