“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:19-22).

Let us draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith. The invitation comes to all. Do not be satisfied to merely stand on the porch. It is not sufficient to cherish the hope that your sins are forgiven. Enter within the veil, in spirit, press on to greater nearness to God and make your abode in His holy presence. It is not as though we as priests were not always in the Holy Place, but here are moments of more intimate fellowship, when the soul turns entirely to God to be engaged with Him alone. Too often our prayer consists of calling out to God from a distance; there is little power in it. Before prayer, be sure you are truly in the Holy Place. Let your heart be sprinkled with the blood of Christ. Let no sin separate you from God, for He has removed it entirely. Then, lay your desires and wishes before your Father in full assurance that they are acceptable incense. The man who dwells in the Holy Place through the power of Christ’s blood belongs to God and the power of God’s presence is felt around him. Draw near to God; pray for ourselves and for one another. Let the Holy Place become your permanent dwelling so that everywhere you go you carry with you the presence of God. Let this be a fountain of life for you which grows from strength to strength and from glory to glory.

Adapted from “Power in Prayer”