Have you seen the movie, Anna and the King? There is a great scene that reminds me of the authority we have in intercessory prayer. Because of Jesus, we have access to the throne room of God:
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16 (NKJV)
What follows contains a spoiler from one scene of Anna and the King. If you haven’t watched it, you might want to see the movie first and then read this. In fact, now that you have this hint, if you watch the movie you might see exactly which scene I’m referring to without reading this article. If you’re curious, read on.
In the movie, the king has many children. But he has one little daughter who could melt his heart like butter. She has his utmost attention because his heart is for her. Sounds not unlike the way our heavenly Father’s heart beats for each one of us!
There is a scene in which some school kids start fighting, and this includes the king’s eldest son and heir to the throne. This little girl takes it upon herself to run to the palace to get her father’s help.
Her father is the king of Siam. The court has a strict protocol regarding visitors. A group of guards with sharp blades line the walkway leading to the throne. If someone approaches in the wrong way, that person’s head could be chopped off in an instant. As the little girl runs into the palace, we can see people approaching the king, bent low before him, awaiting his response.
None of this stops the little girl, his precious daughter. She runs deftly down the walkway, weaving between the guards and the people who seek an audience with the king. She runs straight up the steps, right to the throne, climbs into his lap, and whispers in his ear. Immediately, he responds to her plea. He leaves the palace with her to go where his help is needed.
If you aren’t covered with Holy Spirit chill bumps at this point, stop for a moment and consider: This is exactly the access we have to the throne room of God. We too can run straight to the throne and climb up to whisper in the King’s ear. We are not hindered by court protocol because Jesus has torn that veil for us (Matthew 27:51). God’s heart beats for us and He is ready to respond to our prayers.
The next time you go before the throne of God in prayer, remember that because of Jesus, you have the same access to the King as that little child. Talk to the King. Give Him your heart. He loves you so much!