“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, That we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
I remember a time before I was saved when everything relied on luck and karma. There were some people who would live their lives believing they only had bad luck. Their slogan was: “If it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.” Then there was the fail-safe act of crossing your fingers. I often wondered how long I needed to keep them crossed.
Recently, we had a trial in our life and when I put out a “Please Pray” post on Facebook, dozens of God’s people responded with a resounding Amen! The throne of Heaven was bombarded with supplications on our behalf. As I read through the countless responses, some actually called out to Jesus in their post, I was immediately taken back by the love people had for us. Some of the responses came from people I hardly know or have only met briefly.
Sometimes it takes a trial in our lives to realize how much we as believers have by being united with Christ. I had such comfort knowing that these prayers were being heard on our behalf.
Then there was the occasional “Thinking positive thoughts towards you” or “I’ve got my fingers crossed.” I’m thankful for these concerns but the picture in my mind was a balloon when you let the air out. It starts off good but quickly loses steam and falls uselessly to the ground.
The challenge we have in Hebrews 4 is to put our trust in God. Prayer is one of the best ways we can “Call upon His name.” However, we must believe that He hears us and that our prayers are not bouncing off the ceiling or resemble a balloon running out of air.
The writer tells us at the end of chapter 4, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
We serve a compassionate and understanding God who uses the trials in our life to remind us how good He is because we have each other. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano. Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.” – Leonard Ravenhill
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