“And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.”
I often tell people that it is not wrong to go to an authority to ask them questions, even questions about what you may disagree with them about, as long you go to that authority with the right attitude. When you pray, you are going to the Highest Authority, and that Authority is God. If believers understood the magnitude of their prayer time, I believe they would approach prayer with a different attitude. You must understand that going to God in prayer is the ability to go into the holy of holies to approach a holy God. The believer should not be flippant about going to God in prayer because they are in a very holy place talking to a holy God. The verse above gives great insight as to what happens when you pray, and it shows you several attitudes you should have as you pray. Let me share these attitudes with you.
First, you should have the attitude that it is a privilege to pray. Before Calvary, the high priest could only go into the holy of holies one time a year, but Christ has made this place accessible to the believer to come at any time. Never let the privilege of prayer cause you to take for granted the privilege to enter the holiest place of all to talk to God.
Second, have the attitude that it is a holy time. The sacredness of prayer is that you are speaking to a holy God. Realize that when you pray, it is a privilege that you get to speak directly to God. Before Calvary, only one person had the privilege to go into the holy of holies, but Christ has made this holy place accessible to every believer today. If you will remember that the holiness of prayer, you will approach your time in prayer with much regard for the time you get to pray and the God who you get to speak to in prayer.
Third, your attitude should be that it is of God’s mercy that you can pray. You are approaching the mercy seat of God. You will notice that Moses “…heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat…”, and that voice that he heard was the voice of God. The mercy seat is not only where the blood is applied, but it is the very place from where God speaks. When you pray, you are going to the place where your sins have been atoned. God always wants you to keep in mind that you get to pray because of Christ’s payment for your sins. It is only of God’s mercy that you even have the opportunity to pray. Never forget that!
Fourth, your attitude should be that it is a powerful time. Every time you pray, you are accessing the power of Almighty God. When you pray, you are petitioning the Almighty God to do something for you. There were some who disrespected this holy time in the Scriptures, and they lost their lives because of it. When you pray, understand the Power that you are coming to, and realize that it is in this time of prayer where you can change life’s situations, not because of you and your ability to pray, but because of the God who you are talking to in prayer.
Fifth, the best thing about prayer is that you get to spend time with God. What a privilege! The privilege God gives you to pray is sacred because you are spending time with God. If the only thing you get out of your prayer time is that you get to spend time with God, that in itself is a great privilege.