“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
On this National Day of Prayer, millions of Christians across America will gather to pray and to seek God’s face on behalf of our nation.
Here is a bit of encouragement for you. Hebrews 4:16 says we are to come to God with confidence. The word also means boldness. When we come before God in prayer, we don’t have to be ashamed or act bashful or watch our words lest we say something wrong. We can unburden our heart before the Lord and say whatever we want to say.
A friend showed me a card he received from the National Hockey League that admits him free of charge to every arena in the NHL. All he has to do is show the card and he gets free VIP parking, free admittance to the special entrance for players and management, and the right to enter otherwise restricted areas. The card gets him in free and gives him special privileges, but it does him no good unless he uses it. If he wants to, he can still pay for parking and still pay for his ticket and still sit with the general public. The card has to be used boldly in order to do him any good. Otherwise the privileges that are his will go unused. God has given to every Christian a card that says “Admit to the Throne Room of Heaven.” The card is stamped with the blood of Jesus Christ. But that card does you no good unless you use it boldly when you pray.
I love these words written by John Newton:
Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much;
With that in mind, it’s time to pray.
Come again and again.
God wants us to pray, he invites us to pray, he exhorts us to pray, he begs us pray. All of heaven is open to hear our prayers.
This is truly a good day to pray.
Come to the throne of grace and pour out your heart to God.
You will not be turned away.