“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Beloved followers of Jesus, called to manifest His likeness to the world, learn that as forgiveness of your sins was one of the first things Jesus did for you, forgiveness of others is one of the first things that you can do for Him. And remember that to the new heart, there is a joy even sweeter than that of being forgiven, even the joy of forgiving others. (Andrew Murray, The Best of Andrew Murray [Baker, 1979])
Prayer is a response to the attributes and character of God. The more clearly we see Him, the more powerfully we can pray. We become like Him because we know Him intimately. There is one attribute of God that adjectives cannot adequately describe: the grace of God. It has been the theme of all the great preachers since the book of Acts. Men such as the apostle Paul, Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, George Whitefield, and Charles Spurgeon have been motivated by this characteristic. Their ministries, lives, and prayers were revolutionized by a clear understanding of this attribute.
The true man or woman of prayer is one that intimately knows this part of God’s character. Prayer is coming into the presence of God. It is only by the grace of God that we can stand before a holy God. The throne in heaven is described as a throne of grace.
Our confidence in prayer is established in our hearts because He is full of grace. Grace is His favor given to us simply because He loves us. He receives us at His throne not because of our performance but because of His grace bestowed upon us through Jesus.
Father, forgive me for neglecting to trust Your grace in my own life, and for feeling far from You because of my own sinfulness. Help me to continually remember that there is nothing I have done or ever will do that can separate me from Your love when I am willing to repent before You. May I share this precious grace with others who struggle to fully comprehend the depth of Your grace-filled heart!
Praise Jesus as the righteous one. Thank God that “you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). Confess any desire to dabble in unrighteousness in any corner of your life. Commit yourself to hungering and thirsting for righteousness, asking God to fill you (Mt. 5:6).
Pray that the righteousness of Christ will shine through you so clearly and consistently that those around you “see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (5:16).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.
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