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.
Paul asked, but the Lord did not relieve his suffering.
Some time later Paul wrote this, “What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later (Romans 8:18).”
Through suffering Paul learned hope.
God has given me ten grandchildren;
six granddaughters and four grandsons
I love them so.
Each one a priceless treasure
A blessing, a gift
I am grateful.
My greatest hope
And constant prayer
Is for all my grandchildren
To know unending, steadfast, perfect love.
We are eagerly awaiting the birth of our eleventh grandchild sometime this fall.
Our oldest lost another baby. I said, “I wish I could bear her pain.”
Our youngest said, “The only person who can do that is Jesus.”
He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4, bold mine).
This is why we pray.
God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord (Lamentations 2:19).
Love-filled prayers flow freely from hearts filled with God’s love.
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.
Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true (Joshua 21:45).
God’s Word is full of his promises. Knowing them shows you how to pray.
He rides across the heavens to help you,
across the skies in majestic splendor.
The eternal God is your refuge.
and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:26-27 NLT).
There is no one like the Lord. Trust him and pray.
My heart is in anguish within me;
But I call to God,
and the Lord will save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage.
From Psalm 55:4-18
I was in food store. A thought flashed across my mind, “Buy celery.” I argued in my head. We don’t like celery.” The thought came again. “Buy celery.” I argued again. “When I buy celery, we throw most of it away.”
My young daughter came home with a note from her teacher. “Can you please send celery to school tomorrow?”
I learned a lesson that day. When an idea or thought just doesn’t make sense, it could be from God.