In the Old Testament, people were always going to the high priest to get their requests made known to God. There was always a mediator because the common person was not allowed access to the Father.
When Jesus came and died, the veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. This was God doing away with the barrier and giving access to all people to have direct communication with Him.
To many times today, we want to stay under the Old Testament law and way of life. We want to run to the board of elders or the pastor and ask them to pray for us. No man is to be our head, only Christ.
We seem to forget that we don’t need the board of elders or the pastor. God our Father has provided direct access to Himself that we might come before Him and make our requests known. Christ is the head of His Church, which is made up of us living stones. We are the Church and through the work of Christ, we have direct access to the Father.
I don’t understand why so many people want to look to another person, and seemingly set them up on a higher level than the rest of us. There are elders in the body of Christ, but they are there as more experienced, longer-in-the-faith people to help and encourage us, not to take authority. Obviously we are to pray for one another and support one another, but we don’t look up to any person as having more authority or more power to go to God for us.
Christ has given us a great privilege to be able to go directly to the Father. Let’s not miss the opportunity by looking more to man than to our Father.
Let’s no longer take it to the board in prayer, but take it to the Lord in prayer.