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.
Yesterday, we looked at what it means to pray according to God’s will. And in 1 John 5:14, we learned that we can approach God in confidence, which is echoed in the opening words of our focus text.
How exciting to think we are invited to meet with God who waits for us on His throne of grace.
Grace is God’s unmerited favor, which means that we’re not granted permission to bring our concerns to Him based on our good works. God doesn’t dole out performance bonuses and hand out awards for Christian of the month. He doesn’t say, “You’ve been a good boy or girl, so come on in. He just says come.
That means we should never allow sin to keep us from prayer. Don’t ever get the idea that God doesn’t want to talk with you because of your egregious behavior. Go to Him. Approach with confidence. By grace you were saved through faith, and it’s by grace you can approach Him.
However, we must confess that sin upon arrival. Don’t worry. He already knows what you’ve done. It’s not like, “If He doesn’t bring it up, I won’t.” Confess your sin, wholeheartedly vow to turn away from that sin, and ask for His divine enablement to help you from continuing in that behavior.
The text then tells us what happens next. You receive mercy.
Grace and mercy are similar — but different. The fundamental meaning of grace is God’s unmerited favor, or put another way, God giving us what we don’t deserve. But mercy is — God not giving us what we do deserve.
When you were a child and did something bad did you run to your dad and announce errant behavior? Probably not. That’s because He didn’t operate from a throne of grace or mercy. You knew he would give you what you deserve, possibly even more than you thought reasonable.
Arguably, the most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16. You know the one, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son…” That liberating scripture reveals why God would make Himself so available to us. He loves us, enough to send His Son to pay the penalty we deserve and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness with His precious blood. And then, out of His love He offers continual, 24/7 access to His grace and mercy whenever and however we need it.
Another favorite passage is John 14:3 where Jesus tells His disciples about heaven. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Consider this. You don’t have to wait until you die to have a little bit of heaven. The door to the throne room is already open, and you can go there anytime.
At the throne of grace we receive mercy and find grace. God spares the rod, so to speak, and then we can find grace for our every need.
What do you need today? God wants to help.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Praise the Lord Oh My Soul
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.