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Don’t Bring Any Needs . . . Into the Inner Court by Pastor Melissa Scott

October 6th, 2013
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Let me tell you something: you don’t bring any needs into the inner court.

That’s all taken care of in the outer court. Human need is adequately met at the altar of sacrifice. In the inner court, God is the Recipient.

You come in here to kindle an altar of praise to Him. If in the last few days you have not found a place to pray, and tuned every pressure of your need and every other need out, and done only one single thing: lift praises to Him, then you have not moved into that inner court. Every prayer is, “Give me this and give me that” and “Worry with me about this.” Leave it in the outer court! You don’t take anything into the inner court! You bring yourself to God. That’s not just Old Testament doctrine; Luke 5:15 says, “So much the more there went a fame abroad of him,” speaking of Jesus, “and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.”

Now they needed to hear, and they needed to be healed. Nobody can challenge that. He had the words of life, and He could heal them. A conjunction is in the Gospel: “And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and there prayed.”

He made the very press of the crowd and its needs an excuse to go pray, and He was the Son of God. You turn away from the line of people with their needs.

Pastor Scott continues: The second item is no more glamorous than the first: “They shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me,” in that Old Testament sense of “stay there a while.” “Well now, wait a minute, God! I’m in here now. You’ve created the world in days. I’m here, I am ministering to You; bless me quickly because the crowd is out there. While I’m in here, there are at least 15 ‘while you were out’ messages on my desk. The world that You sent Your Son to die for is begging for attention. Get it over with!”

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