Daily Devotional for 14 September 2020 – Hebrews 4v16 part 2 – the throne of grace

Hebrews 4:16

Yesterday we looked at the first part of this verse: “Let us then with confidence draw near…”

Draw near to where?  “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace…”

When you pray in the name of Jesus, you are coming to the throne of grace. What does this mean?

Firstly, you are coming to Almighty God. The word “throne” is not just a seat, it points us to the One who is sitting on it. Revelation 4:2 says: “At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.” Prayer is not a religious duty, it is drawing near to the Living God.

Secondly, a throne speaks of authority and power. So, when we pray, we are coming to the One who rules the universe. Nothing is too hard for Him. So, we can pray with confidence, to the God who is abundantly able to answer and who has authority over everything. He rules the storms and the mighty oceans. He holds this earth in its place around the sun. He knows the stars by name, and He knows you.

Thirdly, a throne speaks to us about our submission. We are coming to Him, the Lord God Almighty. He rules the universe; we don’t. So, even though we come boldly and bring all our needs to Him, we come humbly and we say to Him, “Not my will, but Your will be done.” We pray, and then we leave our prayers in His hands and trust Him to work out His perfect purposes.

Finally, this throne is a throne of grace. We come to that throne fully accepted because of Jesus. We are welcomed into His presence as forgiven children, clothed in His spotless righteousness. He is for us and not against us. He is generous and good and He answers us, not because we deserve it, but because He gives good gifts to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11).

Let’s pray therefore; let’s seek Him today. 

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