Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV 2011
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in everyway, just as we are—yet did not sin. 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.
The author of Hebrews calls Jesus the Great High Priest in verse 14. Jesus was made fully human. Hebrews 2:17, “For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest…” Aaron was the first priest making atonement for the sins of the people in Leviticus 16:17. Jesus ascended into heaven having completed His work of atonement. Jesus, seated at the right hand of God, intercedes on the part of sinners. Prayer begins by approaching God’s throne of grace.
My relationship with the Lord grows exponentially because of my prayer life. There isn’t a day that goes by that I do not see His hand in my life. Being willing to daily go to the Lord in prayer, I worry less therefore I’m able to see beyond myself. When I pray, I know that God hears and answers my prayers: yes, no or not now. Approaching God’s throne of grace, I’m able to focus on Him rather than myself.
How will we approach God’s throne of grace?