“Let us then approach God’s 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)
A throne has been described as a “ceremonial chair for a sovereign”. In cultures with Kings thrones were and are normally unapproachable, sarrounded with a certain mystic. An example is seen in the Bible when even a Queen could not just approach the thrrone of a King.
When newly crowned Queen Esther decided to go and face King Xerxes who was just about to order the extermination of her Hebrew peoples, she was most cautius. For the law was, “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives” ( Esther 4:11). Fortunately, she prayed, and this is how she was able to go before the King’s throne uninvited.
As Believers in Christ we have a King of Kings who sits on the highest of thrones, our Father in heaven, who reigns supreme over all the earth. But unlike other typical thrones couched with terror and fear, our God has paved a way for us to approch His throne through Christ our savior. What would be a throne of fear, where most would be afraid to approach, now we can approach His throne with confidence, as our leading verse says.
A throne has power. When Esther laid her need before King Xerxes, he offered, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you!” ( Exodus 5:3). Esther had her request granted and not only were the Jews spared, the treacherous Herman the instigator of wicked schemes, ended in gallows ( Esther 8).
Just as it were, where we too have a need, of any kind, whatsoever, we can approach that throne of the living God, through Christ our Lord and savior, and He will with His power, grant our requests, according to His will.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today we approach your throne of grace with confidence, because the way has been paved through Christ our Lord and Savior, and may you meet everyone of us at their point of need, and grant your will to pass, this we pray in Jesus’ name.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!