THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Recently found bulletin announcement.
"Thursday night – potluck supper.
Prayer and medication to follow."
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet,
for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
LIGHT from the WORD.
The word "boldly" in Hebrews 4:16 (above) is translated
from the Greek parrhesia.
It means to come freely, or come with assurance.
It does NOT mean to come brashly.
Note what God told Moses in Exodus 3:5 (above).
The shoes Moses wore contained the dirt and grime of a shepherd.
Prayer is approaching God REVERENTLY!
When we pray, we must FIRST lay aside our dirt and grime
by pleading God's forgiveness of our sin.
We do not demand or command in our prayer.
We plead and beg!
Perhaps we can combine the two verses for meaning.
Come not hastily, but reverently; and be assured of acceptance.
Prayer is not meant to soothe our feelings.
It is meant to touch the heart of God!
Pray boldly with genuine reverence.