Friday, January 1, 2010

Day 1: A Way to Pray: Pray with Confidence

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God...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 4:14, 16).

Prayer should not be regarded "as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty." - E.M. Bounds

Imagine, you are standing outside the biggest doors you have ever seen. Suddenly, ten thousand trumpets blow. The golden doors, slowly and majestically, begin to swing open. Inside, on the left and on the right, there are legions of angels standing at attention. Your ears hear a swelling symphony of worship. You lift your eyes and glance down the aisle. Far away, you see a gleaming dais made of a million jewels. On top sits the biggest chair you have ever seen. You are entering the throne room of God Almighty.

Your first reaction is to fall to your knees with fear and trembling. You feel like you are nothing in comparison to the Creator of the entire universe. Why have you been called into this amazing setting?

Then you hear your name called. In your ears it sounds like a roaring whisper, full of love and compassion. You slowly glance up to see who calls you with such gentleness. The eyes of the one who sits on the throne captivate you. He speaks again, “Come, my child.” The voice is so compelling that you leap to your feet and begin to run towards the sound of His voice.

You run past the thousands of angels, past the saints, and past the wonders of heaven. You run up the steps taking two at a time until finally you reach the top. God says it again, “Come, my child” and pats his leg. You clamor up into his lap like a little kid. His arms encircle you. You feel His amazing love for you.

You know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you could ask Him for absolutely anything you want and He would give it to you, but you are content to just snuggle.

Pray with Confidence! “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him” (1 John 3:21-22).