When and Where Do We Access God?
If we never had troubles, we wouldn't seek God. The Psalmist knew where to find help. He looked toward the sanctuary whenever trouble arose (Ps. 20:1-2). Today, we find access to God in our heart since we are temple of the Holy Spirit.
What Prerequisites Enable Us to Access God?
The meal and burnt offerings listed in Ps. 20:3 signify a total surrender and sacrifice of our lives to God where we desire divine, not human support. God will fulfill our purpose if we seek Him above anything else. Deliverance from trouble doesn't come externally, but from our innermost being where God dwells (Ps. 20:4).
How Do We Access God?
We find true joy, freedom and prosperity from God. He demonstrates love in action through answered prayer (Ps. 20:5-9). Our prayers and praise to God show that He is king instead of human resources designed to make our life more comfortable. I believe trouble facilitates a refocusing of our eyes on Christ and not creature comforts that so easily distract us.
Why Do We Access God?
Troubles allow us to find our joy and strength in our relationship with God (Ps. 21:1-3). Real life comes in answer to prayer. So much of our lives are wrapped around possessions, power or prestige (Ps. 21:4). We are deceived in thinking that exercise, cosmetics money, position and connections buy beauty, honor and glory. We obtain them as a gift in answer to prayer.
To be a committed prayer warrior, he or she must see God as the exalted and Supreme Being of the universe (Ps. 21:7). Those who walk with God trust Him to defeat any enemy or obstacle thwarting the fulfillment of His will (Ps. 21:8-13).
What trouble are you facing? What is hindering you from seeking God in prayer? Go to God right now as the exalted Supreme being of the universe.