“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” ‒ Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
In one sentence, I’m reminded of God’s love for me, the availability of His mercy and grace, and the freedom to come to His throne with confidence when I pray.
It would be incorrect to say that I always do this, though! Too often, my prayers can seem tentative, halting, “Could you, maybe, please do this, if it’s Your will, and You’re ok with it, maybe?” That’s not approaching the throne of God with confidence in His grace! The writer of Hebrews isn’t teaching arrogant prayer, where I believe God owes me so He should do what I ask. It’s a prayer of confident humility, understanding who God is and who He says I am.
Today, instead of praying mealy-mouth prayers that equivocate and stammer, talk to God with a real understanding that He loves and values you, He wants to hear what’s on your heart, and He lavishly gives mercy and grace to those who come to Him. That includes you!
- William Attaway