Entering His Presence as Priests – Myles Munroe

February 8
Aaron, the first high priest, is a model for us as the priesthood of believers who serve God in Christ. God’s commandments to Aaron help us understand our New Testament role as “a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). From God’s instructions to Aaron on how to enter His presence on the Day of Atonement, we may understand how to come into His presence today.
For the next week or so, we will study Leviticus 16 to discover ten ways to enter and remain in God’s presence, where we can commune with Him, offer effectual prayer, and mediate on the world’s behalf. First, we need a clear appropriation of God’s grace in our lives. Leviticus 16:3 says, “This is how Aaron is to enter the sanctuary area: with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.” God told Aaron to offer animal sacrifices to atone for the sins of Israel. Aaron could not enter the sanctuary area without the sin offering and burnt offering. Similarly, God says to us, “If you desire to enter My presence, your sin has to be dealt with.” Therefore, the first step in prayer is not to present our petitions, but to examine our life for sins.
Sometimes sins are not glaring; they may be more subtle. They may relate to our families, the church, our finances, or our jobs. When we go to God in prayer, He may say, “I have a problem with this area. You want Me to cooperate with you, but you have disobeyed Me. If I answer your prayer, I am condoning disobedience.” God wants to answer our prayers. That’s why He wants us to confess our sins and appropriate His grace.
Father, reveal to me the sins, both subtle and glaring, that keep me from You. I want to walk in Your grace and holiness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Do I examine my life as I come before God in prayer?
Reading: Leviticus 4–5; Matthew 24:29–51
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional