Jesus said to his followers: “I’m not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you…”
If you can relate with my experience, I bet somewhere in your past the Spirit of Religion conditioned you to believe that someone had to go to God for you or on your behalf.
That someone was usually wearing a robe and often gained notoriety on the news because they got a bit too friendly with the Boy Scouts, before the girls came… man, what a weird world.
Where I came from, we called him a Priest. I always felt very weird inside about calling him “father” because Jesus said this to his followers (which, I am one).
“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.
Maybe you were misguided by a well-intentioned family member or authority figure into believing you need to “pray to the saints” and they’ll talk to God on your behalf, like it’s the Wizard of Oz and you gotta wait in that circular green lobby… waiting for the multi-colored horses to strut through.
Side Note! Always be suspect when people say, “Just wait right here” – that’s just good life advice because you’re about to be fired, robbed, or arrested. Maybe it’s just me.
Remember, with faith in Jesus, you are more than enough to approach the Father directly, aka “talk to God” on your own.
Bottom Line Truth
If you, my friend, believe in Jesus, the bible explicitly declares that YOU have the Holy Spirit living & actively working in you.
That’s not just some motivational sermon talk meant to rile up the crowd even though it is super effective at doing it.
No, that means you have God’s power to yourself, to steward, leverage, and learn from… or completely ignore if you choose.
Check out what the Apostle, John, had to say about this –
I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
[Anointing, to be clear, is a special blessing from God.]
Maybe you’re thinking the Apostle John was super holy or something. Maybe he floated around, just off the ground, and we’re definitely not like that.
Have you ever felt like you were “too much”… anyone ever told you that? Maybe you’ve been accused of being a bit “extra”? That you don’t know when to stop?
How about wanting to do the right thing or be useful to family or friends but somehow you find a way to botch something up?
I bet you and I share a lot in regards to who John was, as a person.
You need nothing more than a seeker’s honest heart to approach God, about anything. You can stop your continual scanning of the world around you to see if someone can get you “backstage” to access God.
Jesus died (and rose), so you can just walk right in. The Spirit of Religion hates you and hates you knowing this truth.
Be confident. Be grateful. Take your step.
Let your honest heart speak, he loves that.