Pastor's Pen - Come Boldly!
I rarely use my college class notes from 1989-1993. It’s not at all that they’re bad. The reason I don’t use them, I guess, is that there are so many good books and modern resources on different subjects. I never have to dig that deep or go back that far. But every once in a while, I blow the dust off those notebooks and find a gold mine. Such is the case on the subject of humility and prayer. The Bible says in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” As Christians, we sometimes don’t know what to pray, how to pray, why we pray or even how to approach the great God of the universe in prayer. It can be a little intimidating, but God tells us in this simple verse His wishes. One of my old professors put it this way…
“Come boldly.” Meaning not to hesitate and come regularly. The believer’s approach should become a daily spiritual exercise. Being guilty, and having no merits of his own, his fundamental need is mercy; but through the weakness of flesh, even after receiving mercy, he has no hope of conquering sin, therefore he needs grace, not justice. It is called the Throne of Grace in contrast to the Throne of Judgment which displays the awful justice and majesty of God (Rev. 19:11-15). We must learn to come boldly or with confidence to the Throne of Grace. Why? To obtain mercy instead of judgment. “In the time of need.” Which will be frequent.
You just gotta love that! It’s called the “Throne of Grace” not the “Throne of Judgment.” Grace is something I don’t deserve and I can’t earn. So have I earned the right to come boldly? No. I’m just a sinner saved by grace. But I get to come to the Lord in prayer as often as I like because the Lord Jesus died for me. How wonderful!