The Throne of Grace

Jon Opgenorth

READ : Hebrews 4:1-16

Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness. (v. 16)

She was covered in black from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. A horizontal slit revealed enough of her eyes to see. She spoke in hushed tones of reverence as she explained the exquisite beauty of the mosque in which we stood.

This young Muslim woman gave me a tour of a majestic mosque in a Middle Eastern country. Along the way she demonstrated the exacting method Muslims follow at the five times of prayer throughout the day. The rituals included numerous positions, movements, and words.

“What happens if you miss a step?” I inquired. She responded, “Your prayer will not be heard.”

On the one hand I was impressed with the discipline that characterizes devout Muslims. On the other hand, I was thankful for how different prayer is for followers of Christ. While we are in awe of God’s holiness, we do not fear not being heard because of a mistake in prayer-technique.

Hebrews 4 invites us to a life of prayer that brims with confidence before God. It has nothing to do with the righteousness of our lives. It has everything to do with Christ. By his blood and through his name, God welcomes lost sinners into his holy presence.

PRAYER

Holy God, thank you for the privilege to enter into your presence with confidence.