With confidence before the throne

379 with confidence in front of the throneThe Hebrews 4,16 says, "Therefore, let us come with confidence to the Throne of Grace, that we may receive mercy and find mercy at the time when we need help." Many years ago I had once heard a sermon on this verse. The preacher was not a representative of the prosperity gospel, but he explicitly emphasized that we should ask God for the things we want with confidence and head held high. If they are good for us and the people around us, then God will see to it that they happen.

Well, that's exactly what I did and you know what? God did not give me the things I asked for. Just imagine my disappointment! My faith was a little scratched by it, because it felt like I gave God a huge leap of faith by asking him something with his head held high. At the same time, I felt that my distrust of the whole thing kept me from getting what I asked God to do. Does our creed begin to crumble if God does not give us what we want, even though we know it would be best for us and everyone else? Do we really know what's best for us and everyone else? Maybe we think so, but in reality we do not know it. God sees everything and he knows everything. Only he knows what is best for each of us! Is it really our mistrust that prevents God's action? What does it really mean to stand with confidence before the mercy seat of God?

This passage is not about standing before God with the kind of authority we know - an authority that is brave, determined, and brazen. Rather, the verse draws a picture of what our intimate relationship with our high priest, Jesus Christ, should look like. We can address Christ directly and do not need another person as mediator - no priest, clergyman, guru, clairvoyant or angel. This direct contact is something very special. He was not possible for the people before the death of Christ. During the time of the Old Covenant, the high priest was the mediator between God and men. Only he had access to the holiest site (Hebr 9,7). This extraordinary place in the tabernacle was special. It was believed that God's presence on earth was in this place. A cloth or curtain separated him from the rest of the temple, where people were allowed to stay.

When Christ died for our sins, the curtain broke in half (Mt 27,50). God no longer dwells in the temple created by man (Act 17,24). No longer is the temple the way to God the Father, but to be courageous. We can tell Jesus how we feel. It is not about expressing courageous requests and requests that we would like to have fulfilled. It's about being honest and without fear. It's about pouring our hearts before the one who understands us and has the confidence that he's going to do the best for us. We come before Him with confidence and head held high so that we may find grace and kindness to help us in difficult times. (Hebr 4,16) Imagine: We no longer need to worry about praying with the wrong words, at the wrong time, or the wrong attitude. We have a high priest who only looks at our hearts. God does not punish us. He wants us to understand how much he loves us! It is not our faith or absence, but God's faithfulness that gives meaning to our prayers.

Proposals for implementation

Talk to God all day. Tell him honestly how you are. If you are happy, say, "God I am so happy. Thanks for the good things in my life. " If you are sad, say: "God, I am so sad. Please comfort me. ". If you are insecure and do not know what to do, say, "God, I do not know what to do. Please help me to see your will in everything that lies ahead of me. " If you're angry, say, "Lord, I'm so angry. Please help me not to say something that I regret later. "Ask God to help and trust you. Pray for God's will to be done, not theirs. James 4,3 says, "You ask and receive nothing because you ask wickedly, that is, that you may waste it for your desires." If you want to receive good, you should ask good. Repeat Bible verses or songs during the day.

by Barbara Dahlgren

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