Paul approached God’s throne, and the Lord answered “My grace is all you need (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT).”
Eleven years later, Paul, or someone who knew his story, wrote this, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16 ESV).”
God’s throne is a throne of grace because that’s what we can be certain God will give when we pray.
When we pray “Your kingdom come” we’re talking to our Father, the King of kings, who is seated on a throne of grace.
He reigns with grace, giving favor, blessing and gifts we don’t deserve.
“In true prayer we don’t go demanding; we go trusting.
We don’t barge into God’s throne room with all the right words;
we go in looking for God’s love and mercy”*
*Rick Osborne, Teaching Your Child how to Pray, p.61.
Jesus told his disciples he would “be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. They didn’t understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant (Mark 9:31-32).”
I’m not sure why they were afraid to ask. But I am sure that we don’t have to be afraid to ask Jesus anything.
He invites us to “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God (Hebrews 4:16).”
The temple veil was closed, protecting us from the justified, deserved wrath of God.
But Jesus came. He lived. He died.
The temple veil was torn.
Jesus rose from the dead.
Now we, who believe Jesus Christ is Lord, boldly enter the Holiest of Holies, welcomed by the Most High God to talk about anything and everything.
All because of Jesus.
When she was young, she was afraid of God.
But her perspective on God changed when she heard this verse: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).”
Freed from fear, she now prays with confidence.
We can too.
Before Jesus came, there were all sorts of rules and requirements placed on priests who appeared before the Lord (see Exodus 25-30).
Because Jesus came, we are invited to come before the Lord boldly (see Hebrews 4:16).
If you come before God now, in prayer, you’ll know Him on the day we all stand before the judgment seat of God (Romans 14:10).