“Let Us Come Boldly”
“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 NKJV
During the onset of the pandemic last year in March, researchers who study Google word searches reported a 50% increase in searches for “prayer.” This was a worldwide phenomenon in 95 countries.
It is not uncommon for people to turn to religion in times of stress and uncertainty. Behavioral scientists describe this with the term “religious coping.” While some people do turn to religion and religious practices such as prayer or meditation in order to cope, true Christianity is different.
True believers in Christ turn to a Person, Jesus, not just a practice, to get the help they need. The writer of Hebrews makes that point clear in chapter 4:16 as follows: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find help in time of need.” We do not just pray as a coping mechanism, we pray in order to communicate directly with the Lord Who is also our Priest.
As we reopen our society, it is important for the church to know that millions of people were searching the word prayer during the pandemic. That means people were looking for answers. That means people were open to spiritual things. That means people wanted to know how or what to pray, or even who to pray to. Many of these people prayed perhaps for the first time.
As we reengage with people, it would be a fair assumption to make that sometime during this pandemic they prayed or thought about praying. As Christians, prayer is something we can simply take for granted. The above passage helps us to get the right perspective on prayer.
This passage shows us how to approach God in prayer. Many people come to God in fear, timidity, or uncertainty. As believers, we are to come boldly and with confidence. It also shows us that we obtain mercy and find grace in Him. And finally, it teaches that God is always ready to help us in our time of need.
There are many stories of how God answered our prayers during the pandemic. He wants us to come to Him in our need, but He also wants us to come to Him when we have no needs. He wants to keep the communication lines open even after the disaster is over.
Let us be a church that approaches God’s throne of Grace boldly as we respond to God’s mercy and grace and give witness to how He helps us in our times of need.
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