Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 23, 2013

June 23, 2013 “I’ve Got Confidence”

“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)

Good Morning Dear Saints!

Like many of you, I have enjoyed watching and re-watching one of the great filmed musicals of our time, “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp. One of the many great songs from the score of that film has Maria off to become the nanny of the children of the Baron Von Trapp, full of trepidation and uncertainty. She bolsters up her courage by singing “I’ve Got Confidence.” Traveling in unfamiliar territory can be unsettling, as can being in the presence of a person of some renown. Now just imagine standing before Almighty God, the One above all powers and all kings. How unnerving is that! Yet, here we are instructed to approach the throne of grace with confidence. How is it that we are to have such confidence before the One who knows the name of every star, and who spoke the world into existence? We may do so because he has proven his love for us with unquestioned certainty through his sacrifice made on our behalf. So deep is his love for us that he did this even before we sought his forgiveness and grace. Prayer is our doorway to the throne of grace, and we are instructed to come with confidence. Some Christians approach God very meekly, with heads hung low, afraid to ask him to meet their needs, feeling unworthy to do so. While we do stand “unworthy”, Christ has removed that obstruction through his shed blood on the cross, and clothed us in his own righteousness.  Others pray flippantly, giving little thought to what they are saying…praying some rote prayer in broad strokes, like “Lord, I pray for world peace.” While there is a certain degree of nobility in praying for world peace, more often than not it is a prayer that we don’t really believe is going to be answered anytime soon. When we pray, we should come with reverence, because God is our Lord and King. But we should also come with bold assurance because he is also our friend and our Counselor. Let’s pray!

God and King; we bring our prayers to you in the blessed assurance and confidence of your grace and your love. We know you encourage us to do so because of your abiding love for us. It is with thanksgiving and praise, then, that we open our hearts to you this day, in wonder, love and praise, and we do so in the Name of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

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