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Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,

that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

A little girl that I work with is incredibly shy. When she wants to ask me for something, she generally gets her big sister to do the asking for her. I encourage her to come to me herself but she will not. I have been kind to her. I have not done anything to cause her to be afraid to approach me and ask for what she wants – but still, she hesitates. I am grieved that she does not feel comfortable approaching me.

Sometimes, we tend to approach God that way, do we not?  We come to Him shyly, hesitantly, maybe even looking for someone to do the asking for us. Nevertheless, this verse tells us we can boldly approach the throne of grace. Why? Because God made us righteous through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. His righteousness has been imputed to our account. Can you imagine Jesus hesitant to approach God?

When we are believing God for healing in our bodies, it is good to know that we can have confidence in our approach to the throne of grace. We can walk boldly simply because Jesus made the way clear for us. To hesitate is to suggest that we don’t trust in the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. The throne is where we obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need. Let’s not let a false sense of our unworthiness keep us from boldly going to receive what we need. Let’s not grieve God with our uncomfortable approach to Him.

Gracious, Heavenly Father, Thank You for allowing us to boldly approach Your throne room. Thank You for the mercy and grace we find there. Thank You for healing our bodies and forgiving us for our sins. When we are tempted to hesitate, remind us that we are Your beloved children with free access to You. In Jesus’s name, amen.

pic credit: Nan Jones

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