"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."
The philosophy of my school has an open-door policy for staff members, parents, and students. It is one of the most unique models I've ever experienced as an educator. The principal welcomes visitors with a big smile, warm hug, or a heart-felt hello no matter what time they enter. This welcoming response filters down to the staff who treat each other, parents, and students with the same respect. No matter how busy we are attending to the classroom, all who enter are welcomed and considered important no matter how small their needs.
Scripture tells us we have the same access to the father - only more. The writer of Hebrews says that we can "approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and grace to help us at our time of need. The reason we can turn to God with such confidence is that we have a relationship with Jesus Christ who is always sitting at the right hand of the Father. Christ bridged that gap between the unholy us and the holy father so that we can approach God in confidence through prayer.
As your advocate, Christ tells the Father our deepest needs and welcomes us to approach him in prayer. Christ understands our need to experience God's love and righteousness first hand. According the Hebrews 7:25, Christ "always lives to intercede for us." The Greek word intercede means "to plead for." As our supporter, Christ pleads with God for those things that are best for us. His words to the Father are perfect prayers.
There are times I feel God is not listening to me. My needs seem trivial to the overall state of others in the world. I may be feeling overwhelmed with little recourse in my day, unable to keep up with the days demands. These days I remember Hebrews 7:25 knowing Christ lives to intercede for us. I silently say a prayer for him to do so knowing in full faith my needs will be attended to. In a short time after solemn prayer, I look up and see a bright splice of light entering my darkness giving me a sense of peace.
God thank you for sending Christ
to intercede for us. Remind me
when life's tasks become staggering,
that I may find comfort in our intercessor,
Jesus Christ. Amen.