“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Access to the throne of God is the foundation of all prayer. All prayers must approach the throne. Every true believer is welcome there. Access to God’s throne is an amazing privilege. The One we approach is the sovereign, all-powerful, holy Ruler of the universe. What a privilege to be welcomed into his presence! God’s throne, we are reminded, is a throne of grace, not a throne of judgment. This means that if we have come into his presence through the blood of Christ, we are acceptable to him. God doesn’t scrutinize us to screen out unworthiness. He extends a hand of welcome. We are invited to approach with complete confidence. We won’t run into a closed door. We won’t have to beg or grovel to get in. God is expecting us. He is glad we have come.
–Adapted from Love to Pray by Alvin J. VanderGriend
Loving Father, it amazes me that when I open my mouth to pray I am standing in the very throneroom of heaven. What an astonishing privilege You have given me. Thank You for this precious gift of grace!
Praise God, the one mightier than all the officials of all the nations. Give thanks that he is interested in the substance of justice and mercy rather than mere outward forms (Zechariah 7). Confess times during which your walk with God doesn’t go much deeper than formality. Commit yourself to a life-style of justice, mercy, and compassion (Zech. 7:9). Ask God to regularly prompt you to loving faithfulness in such a life.
Pray that your church’s leaders will not be sidetracked by mere adherence to forms or accepted patterns. Ask God to fill them with courage to effectively lead you into his justice, mercy, and compassion.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend