Come Boldly to the Throne
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Do you ever find yourself avoiding prayer? The answer is likely yes. I often find the two largest inhibitors in my prayer life are shame and guilt. The old hymn says it well, “Prone to wonder, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love…”
Scripture tells us to come boldly to the throne, to pray about everything, and to freely cast our anxieties on the Lord. Yet, we often do the opposite. We often run and hide because we feel unworthy to approach a holy God. Why would God want to listen to the petitions of an unfaithful sinner like me?
Sister, believe it or not, God delights to hear the prayers of His children (Proverbs 15:8). He does not delight to hear your prayers because you are cleaned up and righteous on your own. No, we can approach the throne of grace with confidence because we are clothed in Christ’s righteousness.
When you are in Christ, the Father looks at you and sees you are white as snow because Christ washed away your guilt and shame on the cross. Any ounce of shame you feel now is due to believing lies from the enemy who wants nothing more than to keep you out of fellowship with your Heavenly Father. God wants all weary sinners to come to Him because we are His children. And because of Christ, we can come to Him without hesitation.
Father, thank You that I can find true rest in You. I confess I am often quick to run and hide when I need You most. I often believe the lies of the enemy that You do not desire a sinner like me to stand before Your Throne. Help me to believe Christ covers me, and because of Him, I am free to run to You without hesitation. Help me to pray without ceasing and without fear. Amen.
Memorize Matthew 11:28-30.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.