Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. -Hebrews 4:16 (Amplified Bible)
Coming just when we need It!
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I wonder sometimes if my approach to God in prayer is not flippant or presumptuous rather than “believing-ly” bold. The author of Hebrews here assumes a context of the fear of the Lord–a holy terror.
With the waning assumptions of the halcyon bull market still floating around our brains and “Jesus loves you” still the Christian bumper sticker of choice, the fear of God often seems foreign to us.
What need for being fearless and confident if there is nothing to fear? When I approach the throne of grace, the Father always wears a yellow smiley face … for I have domesticated Him.
Or perhaps Hebrews 4:16 shows me my assumptions are out of balance: Fear before confidence, “God have mercy on me, a sinner” before “your sins are forgiven you,” “Hallowed be thy name” before “give us this day our daily bread.”
Even Jesus learned through suffering, the book of Hebrews tells us. In the coming terrible bear market, I may one day confess, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes” (Psalm 119:71). Then I will come to the throne of grace in prayer fearlessly and with confidence and boldness, for Jesus has propitiated God’s wrath against me for my sin.