Seek to Receive

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) 

 

With Jesus as our high priest, we can feel free to come before God’s throne where there is grace. Then we receive mercy and kindness to help us when we need it. – (Hebrews 4:16, ERV) 

So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness. – (Hebrews 4:16, TPT)

There are days that I seem to be more readily available to receive the grace that is desperately needed to navigate than others. I know there is nothing that we can or cannot do to be more or less worthy of receiving His grace and mercy, yet I think our intentionality to approach His throne directly affects the help that we receive; for when we seek, we find. If we do not ask, we are actually attempting to power through on our own. Lately, I have been intentional to pray over the day as I drop my boys off at school. I begin by asking for protection over them – body, heart and mind, and for them to be blessed and a blessing to and by those around them. From there, I begin lifting up my day – my students, my colleagues, lesson plans, classroom environment, and the like. Though I am uncertain as to whether or not there has been a change in students, I feel like there is a shift for me. Perhaps I am simply more aware of the grace I am being granted to get through each day. Whatever the shift, it matters. May we boldly approach Love’s throne for the grace and mercy we need; for He is faithful to meet us and provide the strength and grace to carry us through.

When mercy and grace, 

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Are needed the most; 

Go to the Lord’s throne, 

He’s a loving host. 

With kindness and grace, 

He hears our heart’s cry; 

His love lifts us up, 

He’s ever nearby. 

So, run to the Lord, 

Let Him know the need; 

His grace will cover, 

And His love shall lead. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your mercy and grace that welcomes us as we come to You. Thank You that You hear our every prayer, and meet us wherever we are. Forgive us for attempting to power through on our own, rather than seeking You for all that we need. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would know Your ongoing faithfulness forever. Show us how to love those around us in a way that extends Your kindness and grace where it is needed most. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we approach Your throne for the mercy and grace we need each day. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

Becoming Brothers to the Beloved

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image from Asawa’s Haven

Because Jesus tasted death,

Christ, the perfect sacrifice;

we are made clean and called kin,

He paid the ultimate price.

Now Jesus is not ashamed,

we are welcome family;

by His stripes we’re included,

among those from sin set free.

All temptation presented,

we in Him, can overcome;

He too has known these trials,

yet not once did He succumb.

As His sisters and brothers,

all part of God’s family;

He’s high priest on our behalf,

so we may now be called free.

As we place all trust in Him,

we’re set free from sin’s stronghold;

for freedom found in Jesus,

forever ours to behold.

He’ll lavish grace and mercy,

to all who call on His Name;

embrace all that is given,

and to all the world proclaim.

(Responding to Hebrews 2:11-18)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your only Son so that we may not only come to know You, but that we can be called clean and set free.  Thank You that His sacrifice was enough for all, and that by His death, we are granted new life.  Thank You that as we place our trust in You, we become sisters and brothers to Christ, and are counted as Your dearly loved children.  Forgive us for not fully embracing the birthright that has become ours, and help us to be more than conquerors in You.  May many come to know You as kin – let hearts be open to let Your love in.  Grant us strength to overcome temptation and wisdom to use Your words to show many the way unto You.  Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present