READING: Leviticus 8-11, Psalm 110, Hebrews 4
I suspect I’m sometimes too timid in prayer. And, I’m probably too inclined toward “proper” praying when I should be more inclined to honest praying.
We fail to pray as we could (and should) because we don’t always recognize the depth of God’s desire and willingness to hear us. Because Jesus is our high priest who has already defeated sin and death for us, we can come to him with reverent courage: “Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time” (Heb 4:16). Christ has identified with us in our struggles, and through Him we have welcomed access to the Father. There we find grace and mercy to help us in times of need—and there we praise Him, too, for being such a loving God.
This inviting access to God means that I should not be afraid to cry out to Him, to admit my fears, to raise my questions, to voice my complaints, and to plead for grace. His heart is big enough and His shoulders are broad enough to deal with whatever I bring to Him. He is indeed worthy of our praise!
PRAYER: “God, I praise You for being a God who welcomes us into Your presence.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Leviticus 12-14, Psalm 111, Hebrews 5