God’s throne of grace
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:14-16
According to survey, majority of people that pray are asking God on behalf of their families, friends and their own personal problems. The list included praising God’s greatness but seldom that people acknowledges this truth. From the text, the author emphasized that it was because of God’s action on behalf of those who acknowledged Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the only means to be saved, that made it possible for them to come humbly before the throne of His grace. Christians are not to come presumptuously or arrogantly to God in prayer. Access is not based on your meritorious acts or virtue but on what Christ has done on your behalf. He opened the way through His death on the cross. “And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place” (Hebrews 4:19-20). He made it possible to those who believed in Him to come boldly in His throne of grace and present to Him their petitions. “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence” (Ephesians 3:12). This faith in Christ provided the salvation that man needs and the opportunity to express such relationship through prayer. This is why Christians are commanded to hold firmly this confession. This is what will help the child of God to gain confidence in life. No matter what life brings, the believer has the assurance that God is there to stand right beside them. Man’s inadequacy was met by God’s sufficiency. God in the flesh can identify with your weaknesses but had shown that you can overcome through Him who is the High Priest who had never sinned. “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 every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Always be reminded that when you pray, you will include an acknowledgement of the greatness of God. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He told them to acknowledge God’s greatness; “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10).