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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. Hebrews 4:16 NRSVUE

When we think of boldness, what comes to mind might be someone who is cocky or brash—a person whose ego exceeds their substance. But boldness can also be acting in confidence with good reason. The person acts from certainty and conviction.

We know we are sinners saved by grace. Without God’s grace, we could never approach his throne. Our boldness would be of the first type, attempting to go before him based on our idea of how good we think we are.

But we are offered salvation thanks to Jesus Christ, our High Priest. We can confidently act boldly in approaching the throne when we accept Jesus as our Savior and seek to become more like him. Though we are unworthy because of what Christ has done for us, we are justified in the eyes of God.

When we come before his throne with our prayers–all our prayers, nothing is too big or too small–we need not “be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Ph 4:6) He in his mercy, giving us not what we deserve, and his grace, receiving what we don’t deserve, hears our prayers and helps us.

God, thank you for the justifying grace in Jesus Christ that allows us to approach your throne confidently. Thank you for hearing our prayers with mercy and grace and answering them. Help us go forward in boldness today to live righteously and share the good news. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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