Prayer Point # 12 – Approaching Boldly

Hebrews 4:15-16 – “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.┬áLet us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Have you ever had a burden or a problem that was hard to communicate to others? The people you tell just can’t seem to relate despite the fact they try to empathize with you. The Bible tells us here that we have a High Priest, Jesus Christ, who has felt those same infirmities we experience living in a sin cursed world. He never sinned, but certainly understands the pain associated with sin as He suffered immensely for the sins of mankind. Despite being God, Jesus came to this earth to experience human life first hand, having gone through every aspect of it. As a result, He feels our burdens and connects with our struggles.

Based on the Lord’s understanding, we are encouraged in verse 16 to come “boldly” before God’s throne for the grace and mercy we need. Most people are sheepish when it comes to asking for something. We don’t want to feel like we are imposing or we are asking too much of somebody. We fear how people will respond to our requests. However, God is much different. Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” God encourages us to come anytime before His throne with boldness, in other words, with confidence that He’s hearing and will respond appropriately. We can bring anything before Him, regardless of how “silly” we may think the request is. We can pour out our hearts unashamedly before Him and never have to feel that we are asking too much of Him. God delights in hearing and answering the prayers of His children. Today, don’t be bashful before God’s throne, be respectfully bold, desiring that God hears and answers the requests that burden our hearts.

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Prayer Points Devotional #11

Acts 4:31, 33 – “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness….And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

Peter & John had performed a great miracle which opened an opportunity to preach the Gospel to a large crowd. However, not everyone appreciated their witness. The Jewish religious council felt their teaching was very problematic and dragged these men in for questioning. The council went further and before letting the men go, vehemently threaten them with the hope of silencing their witness. Afterwards, Peter & John brought back word to the church regarding the hostilities they experienced. Instead of being silenced through these fear tactics, the church began a prayer meeting, asking God for boldness to proclaim the Gospel. Our text picks up with God’s answer; the sending of the Holy Spirit and the power they received to witness and maintain their faithfulness to Christ.

Regardless if we are facing the pressures of persecution or the pull of our sinful nature, we need God’s power upon our lives to remain faithful and steadfast for the Lord. The Christian life cannot be lived right without the assistance of God’s power. Christians cannot be fruitful for the Lord without God’s power enabling their service. How do we get God’s power? Take the example from our text and other passages that clearly communicate that we must seek it through prayer. We must ask God to strengthen us to fulfill His will and obey His precepts. Without a consistent prayer life, we are going to have an inconsistent Christian life. Have you “powered up” today by spending time with God in prayer?

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