DEVOTION – DAY 101

Hebrews 4:16 “Approaching God Confidently”

 

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

 

December 2020 was a difficult month in some ways. A friend was taken ill suddenly and within three days, he took his final breath. Then we were told that a young child, Athena whom many in our church had been praying for, lost the battle to Covid-19, after having been on a ventilator in the US since October. Then, a relative called to say he felt chest pains and doctors have advised an open -heart surgery. How we need the Lord in our time of need!

The above verse is comforting in our time of need because it tells us we can all approach God’s throne of grace. We can approach God anytime in confidence if we have placed our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Lord Jesus shed His blood on the cross to atone for our sins. We can approach God confidently knowing that He hears our prayers and He has accepted us. Not only that, Hebrews 4:14-15 tells us Jesus is our Great High Priest. He is beside God’s throne in Heaven interceding for us. Lord Jesus who took on human form 2000 years ago knows just how we feel. Lord Jesus knows and understands the pain of loss when someone close to us dies. Lord Jesus knows how we feel when we see suffering or feel worried. It is comforting to know that Lord Jesus is in God’s throne room in Heaven praying for us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 tells us that God’s throne is a throne of grace. Grace is favor we do not deserve. God is full of grace. He is gracious. This is comforting to know because even though our friend died suddenly after a short illness, we have confidence he is home with the Lord now in Heaven because our friend had placed his faith and trust in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. As for Athena, although she may be too young to show faith and trust in Jesus, we are confident that God is gracious and will extend special grace to young children, babies, disabled children and so on who have died, and He accepts and welcomes them home to be with Him when they die. We are also confident that we will see our friend and Athena one day in Heaven. We thank God that He answered prayers and the surgery our relative was successful. It is a great privilege to be able to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the great privilege of being allowed to approach your throne of grace in confidence especially in our time of need. Please hear our prayers and may you graciously answer them. In the great name of the Lord Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

Questions

  1. What need or troubles to you have this week and will you take it to the Lord in prayer? Share.
  2. How has the Lord ministered to you in your time of need in the past that gives you the confidence to approach Him now? Share.
  3. How have you experienced His grace and mercy recently? Share.
  4. How has this devotion helped you? Share.