Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 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 (NIV)
Time Of Need
I know you. I love you. I came into this world for you. I am on your side. I am in favor of you. Do not be self-reliant. Do not be self-sufficient. Do not think that you don’t want or need my help. That would be foolish. That would be prideful. That would be a tragic mistake. Don’t I know that well? How so? Haven’t I suffered greatly when I have relied solely on myself? You tell me. When I have relied on myself, I have made mistakes, taken missteps, and sinned against you and others. When I have been self-reliant and self-sufficient, I have not received the help that you are so willing to give me. When I have not received the help, you wanted to give me, I have become discouraged, depressed, and defeated. This is not the life that you want me to live. What kind of life do I want you to live? You want me to draw near to you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to walk through life with you. You want me to confidently approach your throne of grace to receive the mercy and grace that you are so willing to give me in my time of need. Yes, I do.
How would you define your time of need? I’m not sure what you are asking of me. Is your time of need rare? Does your time of need come quite infrequently? When do you need my help? When will you ask me for what you want and need? Don’t answer me yet. I have more questions to ask you. I’m listening. When do you need my guidance? When do you need my instruction? When do you need my comfort and encouragement? When do you need my power and strength? When do you need my forgiveness and cleansing? I see where you are headed with all these questions. Where am I headed? You are showing me that I need your help all the time. There is not a day, or moment, or even a second that I don’t need your help. That is true. Will you confidently approach my throne of grace to ask me for what you need? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will not attempt to be self-reliant or self-sufficient. I have plenty of weaknesses that you know and understand. I will rely on you. I will ask for your help. Thank you that I can confidently approach you and receive mercy and grace when I need it most. Amen
Key Question… Why would it be a prideful and foolish mistake to be self-reliant and self-sufficient?
Living It Out… Confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and grace in your time of need.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord understands your weakness and will come to your aid when you ask Him for help.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are approaching the throne of grace to ask for help.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you confidently ask the Lord for help in your time of need.
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