In his book “A Prayer Journey with the Apostle Paul,” author Michael Green refers to prayer and communion with our Heavenly Father as a “gateway of release.” What a refreshing thought. Our Father God invites us to come to Him in prayer on a routine basis “casting all of our cares” upon Him (I Peter 5:7). He wants us to literally release everything to Him whether it is our fears, anxieties or simply our over abundant joys and adventures.
With the promise of release, restoration, and communion with the Father, why is it that we often refuse to go to God in prayer? Sin. We allow the enemy to use our sin to fill our hearts and thoughts with guilt and shame. We convince ourselves that God wants nothing to do with us and our filth, but this is a lie from Satan. Yes, we are sinners, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and washed clean. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).
Romans 8:1-2 tells us, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Christ’s bloodshed on the cross gives us the freedom to run to the Father in prayer seeking His forgiveness and grace. There is nothing to stop us from sitting before His throne in prayer. Open up, speak up, and allow time of communion with the Father to be a time of release and restoration in Him.