THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10
15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT)
PAUL’S KEYS FOR PRAYING FOR GOD’S POWER: ENTER CONFIDENTLY
Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe could tell you baseball stories you would love to hear. He says he wore “Thou Shalt Not Steal” on his catcher’s chest-protector the time he threw out Ty Cobb trying to steal second. He recalls catching Satchel Paige when the legendary pitcher sent all his outfielders into the dugout for an inning and then proceeded to strike out the other team. (Today in the Word)
Those may be better examples of arrogance than they are of confidence. Yet, we learned Sunday God wants us to pray “confidently.” The word “boldly” in Hebrews 4:16 literally means all speech or speaking all things and thereby conveys the idea of freedom to say all. The basic idea in the word is freedom of speech. We can pray freely to Jesus because He was a man, and He is our priest. Jesus was the perfect Man who never stumbled, and He is now the perfect High Priest through Whom we can enter into the presence of the Most Holy God. We can be confident because Jesus understands what it’s like to be human and to feel weak. We can also be confident because Jesus offers us grace.
Hebrews says Jesus understands all your weaknesses. Make a mental list of your weaknesses. Based on Hebrews 4:15, is there anything on that list that Jesus doesn’t understand?
Thank God for understanding everything about you and still loving you. Thank God for allowing you to come confidently to Him when you need to find grace.