Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hebrews 4:13-16 -- Approach the Throne of Grace in Prayer

Hebrews 4:13-16
13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. 14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

       We are called to "approach the throne of grace" in prayer for the necessary mercy and grace to persevere through our weaknesses. Being sinners, we need to lean on Christ, depend on him, ask him for his mercy and grace, especially in times of need.  Jesus "sympathize[s] with our weaknesses" in that he was tempted, faced deperate times of need in the desert and during his passion, and lived the day-to-day corporeal life contending with human desires and physical needs. His life's example, however, models sinlessness.  During his earthly life, Jesus felt as we feel. He knows, therefore, first hand what it is like to suffer.  When we call out to Christ in prayer, he hears us with a sypathetic ear and a loving heart. But we must take the initiative and call out to our loving God in prayer.  He will answer and guide us to his will in all things.