The Mercy Seat


“And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat…” Exodus 25:22

I was gasping for breath as I felt the current pulling me under. I struggled hard against the waves, which only made matters worse. I frantically pushed forward, only to be sucked further out. I was fighting a force stronger than myself. Undertow. Scenes of my life truly played out in my mind. Finally, I began to cry out to the one who has the power over the wind and the waves. He heard my cries and the next thing I remember was moving in closer and closer to shore. I was in middle school swimming in the surf in Corpus Christi, Texas, when this terrifying event occurred.

If you are a Christian, prayer is one of your greatest privileges. So why don’t we spend more time at the mercy seat? Prayer is one of our greatest weapons against the attacks of the evil one, so why do we spend so little time on our knees? I say, because prayer is WORK! I love this quote by E.M. Bounds, regarding this essential discipline.

“To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens—this is hard work, but it is God’s work and man’s best labor.”

Friends, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords invites us into His presence through the precious blood of Jesus. Will we come?

We must first find out what the mystery hidden in the mercy seat is:

“Once a year, the High Priest took the blood of a sacrificial offering and entered into the Most Holy. He then sprinkled this blood of the sacrificial offering on the mercy seat for exactly seven times. God said that He would meet the Israelites on this mercy seat then. God meets whoever has the same faith as that of the High Priest, that is, the faith in His remission of sin revealed in the sacrificial system.” Rev. Paul C. Jong

Do you have “iron gates of difficulty” in your life? How about “mountains of obstacles?”

Do you believe that the One who parted the Red Sea can do the same in your circumstances?

I close with a stanza of another of my favorite hymns:

 “Ah! whither could we flee for aid, When tempted, desolate, dismayed;

Or how the hosts of hell defeat, Had suffering saints no mercy seat?”

Through Every Stormy Wind that Blows, William Cooper

So what are you waiting for? You don’t have to wait until you are drowning in your circumstances! Enter now into the throne room of heaven. Access is ours through the blood of Jesus.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

13 thoughts on “The Mercy Seat

  1. findingourfeetorg

    Prayer is work and it makes such a big difference if we are fully engaged or just going through the motions. But you are right, what a privilege to commune with our God. Thank you for this post. It is beautifully written.

  2. madenewinjesus

    God’s word says that He hears the cries of our heart, even when we can’t find the words to pray. That’s awesome, because that’s where my heart is today, a midst a cold, rainy, and gloomy day, felt both inside and out. Still, my mouth opens to sing praises to a God who’s mercy seat reaches into the depths of my depressed soul.
    Thank you, Cheryl, for such sweet words of encouragement.

  3. Debra S

    Praying in communion with you. My mercy seat is a small wooden rocking chair, next to my bed with a prayer shawl crochet by my Mom. Sometimes my prayers aren’t very coordinated, yet I know He is happy to hear from me.

      1. Equipping The Saints

        “Pray without ceasing.” In Eph 6:18, prayer is included in our spiritual armor. The mother of John and Charles Wesley prayed many hours each day for her children. A well-know evangelist said that, “if he had to do it all over again,” he would preach less, read more, and pray more. J. Dwight Pentecost spoke to a gathering at Dallas Theological Baptist Seminary, during which he said he wanted students to know the Word of God, but he also wanted them to know God. Recently, I went through a dry spell. I didn’t know what to read. Normally, believers cling to the “how to do it scriptures.” But, in due time,
        I was led to the Psalms. I began reading from Psalm 150, backward; and from Psalm 1, forward. In my church, I am preach/teaching Revelation each week, which is very important. But, I need the intimacy that comes from the Psalms to take me through each week. I have found the NIV to be a very conversational translation of the Psalms of intimacy and spiritual leading. I am thankful that I heard a pastor friend read through John 17:3 back in the mid 80s. That verse is full of spiritual intimacy, and I quote it often. I trust that you will find some spiritual value in this note of mine. I hadn’t planned on taking up so much of your time, but it just sort of kept being poured into my mind. Please know how much I appreciate all that you do in your ministry. Know, also, that God is with you, is leading you, and is blessing you. May He always be your source of every need.

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