Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk into a throne room and approach a king? We’ve all seen it depicted on movies: a long hallway, red carpet, a giant golden throne at the end where the king is seated, the crown, the scepter… In the Old Testament Bible days it was a big deal to approach the king. In the book of Esther, the queen has an urgent request of the king. However, it is illegal for anyone – including the queen herself – to approach his throne without first being summoned. She knows that to walk into the throne room unannounced is to risk her life. And she was married to the king!

That backdrop makes a simple little verse in Hebrews 4 all the more intriguing…

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 (ESV) —

We are told walk confidently into the throne room of God Himself! Don’t wait to be summoned; don’t worry about your outfit or hair; don’t stress over your failures. Approach God with confidence (not arrogance).

I do most of my studying in my home office, so inevitably, my 4-year old son, Haddon, bursts in from time to time. He’ll bring toys, markers and paper to color with, or sometimes just walk in half-naked wondering what I’m up to. He embodies confidence.

When it comes to spending time with God, follow Haddon’s example, not Esther’s. Go right into your prayer time, ready to talk to God about anything and everything. Nothing is off limits. Nothing repulses God. Nothing surprises God. Jesus came and made the way for us to easily access God, take advantage of it! Mercy and grace are awaiting your arrival!

 

K E V I N • M I L L E R


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