Experiencing Grace

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore, come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:13-16)

Prayer is the process of drawing near the Throne of Grace. It energizes our spirit like nothing else can, it releases blessing into our circumstances and transforms the way we see. It opens our spiritual perception to the mind of Christ and to the possibilities of God’s influence. When we pray, we are pulling on the promise of “daily bread” (Mt. 6:11), the provision of God for the season of need. Notice, the writer of Hebrews sets the Throne of God into a context of grace and mercy, rather than judgement and condemnation. This is how God wants us to see in prayer… with boldness and confidence that our High Priest understands our weaknesses. We have access by the Blood of Jesus and we should come boldly to the Throne.

The #2 Reason to Pray: To Experience Grace!

Prayer is the practice of experiencing grace. It’s difficult to understand grace without understanding the law. We see God’s perfect law as how He wants us to live and frankly we often don’t measure up (Rom. 3:23). The law is like a mirror for us. When you look into a mirror you may see a big smudge of dirt on your face that you didn’t know was there. The mirror is not to blame and it can’t get rid of the dirt, but you’re probably glad you looked at that mirror before you walked out the door. In the same way, God’s law reveals our shortcomings, our sins, and we are thankful to see them, so that we can bring them to God and deal with them through His grace. When we come to Christ we know we need a Savior. The fact is, for the rest of our lives, we need a Savior. We need Jesus, Our Great High Priest who understands and has an answer for our weakness!

“The law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ that we may be justified by faith.” (Gal. 3:24)

Coming in Truth and Humility:

We can experience grace when we come to the Throne of Grace in truth and humility. The Apostle James said, “you do not have, because you do not ask and when you ask you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your own pleasures” (Jms. 4:2-3). “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble” (Jms. 4:6). When we humbly come to God in prayer there is a waiting Father full of mercy and grace, to help in time of need. ”If any of you lacks wisdom, let Him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to Him, but let him ask in faith without doubting…” (Jms. 1:5-6). You see, God sees everything, nothing is hidden from His sight and His care. He is a jealous God, not for perfectionism, but for holiness that allows unhindered access to our relationship with Him.

Holiness is a Reflection:

Holiness is something imputed… something God gives, not something we acheive. Its a reflection of God’s “light” in us and upon us. We are being transformed by the Spirit of the Lord as we look into the law of Christ and begin to reflect His life and glory (2 Cor. 3:17-18). It just makes sense that the more we pray and look into His glory, the more we will reflect His character, love and power.

Prayer enables the grace I need to become like Him, in all of His beauty… I want to”be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” (Phil. 3:9)

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