God’s Hand of Welcome

“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.

–Taken from Love to Pray by Alvin J. VanderGriend

Life-giving Lord, I give You thanks for the mercy and grace You have generously offered me as You welcome me into Your throne room!

Prayer Points
Praise the Lamb, Jesus Christ, who with his blood “purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9). Thank the Lord that he covenanted with Abraham long ago and that you have the blessing of being part of God’s own people. Confess any tendencies that you have to judge people by color, ethnicity, or background. Commit yourself to showing no favoritism, just as God shows none (Acts 10:34). Ask that you will do your part in the kingdom of priests who serve God (Rev. 5:10).

Give thanks for the gifts, abilities, and perspectives of those whom God has given to you, and ask his blessing upon them.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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