The last part of Hebrews 4:16 tells us what we receive when we come to the throne of grace – “that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of need.”
We don’t pray just because we are Christians. It is not a religious thing that we do and that is it. We pray because we receive. We meet the Living God and He gives to us. We pray because He answers.
What do we receive? We receive mercy. We receive His kindness and forgiveness. We are not turned away because we sin. This also shows us that confession is part of prayer. We come to Him because we need mercy.
We also receive grace to help. In this context, grace is the unmerited provision of everything that we need to live: strength, wisdom, provision, guidance, food, drink, clothes, power to witness, power against temptation, encouragement, refreshing, peace, joy, comfort, sanctification, patience, protection… we can seek Him for whatever we need.
We receive help in time of need. This is the confidence we have in prayer. He gives us what we need when we need it. He knows our needs and He meets our needs at just the right time.
Spend a few minutes today meditating on these verses (Hebrews 4:14-16) and, with boldness, talk to the Lord in prayer for whatever you need.