Saturday, July 7
Scripture: Hosea 10-12, Psalm 73, Hebrews 4
Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.
The author of Hebrews is writing to people in danger of abandoning Jesus to return to their Jewish faith. He demonstrates that Jesus is better than the old covenant, sacrifices and laws. And Jesus is a better high priest, one who can sympathize with our weaknesses because he has been tempted like us, but didn’t sin.
Because Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses, we can approach God with boldness. I never have to wonder if Jesus understands my weakness—He does. I can pray boldly—the Greek word is parresia, and it means “to speak openly, frankly, plainly; courage, confidence, boldness, fearlessness.” I love this word and what it means for us! I can tell God anything; I can speak openly and honestly, hiding nothing, knowing that God will respond with mercy, grace and help! I don’t have to hedge my words, or worry about what I’m saying. I can simply spill the beans! Be honest! God will hear it, sort it out, and help me!
I also love that God’s throne is a throne of grace. So often we think of it as a throne of judgment, but because of Jesus, it’s a throne of grace, and we come gladly, boldly, fearlessly before Him!
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for making it possible for me to approach God fearlessly and openly, and to pray boldly!