“Let us then approach the 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
“Prayer is our approach to God, and we are to come ‘with confidence’. Some Christians approach God meekly with heads hung low, afraid to ask Him to meet their needs. Others pray flippantly, giving little thought to what they say. Come with reverence because He is our King. But also come with bold assurance because He is our Friend and Counselor.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)
One of our many blessings to behold this Christmas, (and always!) is our invitation to confidently approach His throne of grace, where we will receive NOT, the condemnation we deserve, but rather we will be met with the mercy of our Maker, and granted grace to guide us through our every need. Because He dwells in the hearts of all who believe, we don’t have to go somewhere special to seek Him. He hears every word whispered from the hollows of our hearts, and is permanently prepared to present us with His mercy and grace as we allow our hearts to ask Him.
He who came as a blessed baby boy, seemingly ordinary to the untrained eye, lived among us, grew mightily, lived, loved, led the lost, died, and defeated the grave so that the way would be made for each of us to come to know Him and His hope and help, that is held in open hands to all who come to believe.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You made the way so that we can come confidently before You for forgiveness, help, hope and healing. Thank You that You know our needs individually, and that You are with us in all things and at all times. Forgive us for our fears and for our flippancy, and fuel our faith so that we might come confidently and reverently before You, trusting in the truth that You are always good. Teach us to be willing to both ask and receive all that You have for us. Allow our hearts to hold all hope in You, and may it overflow to all who are around us. May every heart hear Your hymn of hope this blessed Christmas season. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present