So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
There we will receive his mercy,
and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4:16 – NLT
What is the feeling that comes over you when you read this verse?
Me? I feel empowered.
Picture someone in your mind who is wonderfully wise, strong, and loving. He knows you well. He truly cares about every. single. thing. in your life. He always wants the best for you. He has all the time in the world for you…to listen and to talk. And he has every resource available to make things happen.
What a blessing for anyone to have someone like that in their life. Do you?
That’s my God.
I don’t have to hang my head and mumble. I can ‘walk’ right up to him and he welcomes me. We can talk about anything. I want to tell him how wonderful he is and how much I love him. And he wants to demonstrate his love for me and his power. So much so that he encourages me to “…not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.” Jesus told his disciples (that’s us, too!) this, “If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.“ The Apostle Paul writes, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”
Doesn’t this give you courage and boldness?
Right now I’m learning to pray big crazy audacious prayers. I’m going boldly before God, trusting that I will receive mercy and find grace. And if I need any extra confidence I’m encouraged by what Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.” Wow!
What’s weighing you down right now?
Will you go to God boldly?
Come before him in great expectation.
Ask boldly, fully expecting him to do even more than you ask.
As I was writing this I was reminded to go back to a devotional book I was reading in November. This is what I read on November 2 in Streams in the Desert:
Do we truly know the power of our supernatural weapon of prayer? Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that not only asks but also commands? God baptizes us with holy boldness and divine confidence, for He is looking not for great people but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of the God! ~ A. B. Simpson
That’s why we can go boldly to the throne of our Gracious God. When we do, we prove the greatness of our God!!
I’m pretty excited to prove his love and greatness. You too?
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