Reflections March 11th, 2012
“Come Boldly to God!”
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Scripture Reading For This Week: Hebrews 4; John 4; Ephesians 5:8-10; 1 John 5:6; Romans 8:26-28...
Have you ever considered how you go before the Lord? When you are in need, or desire something from the Lord; how do you go about asking the Father? Do you go through the steps of prayer you've been taught? Do you come timid? Do you try to do something for the Lord, so He can do something for you? Or, do you just come boldly before the Lord, and ask Him for that which you stand in need of?
I declare and decree that this week's Reflections will be a source of encouragement and enlightenment for your heart and soul. In this week, you will begin to walk in a new boldness before the Lord. Walk in confidence. And begin to speak exactly what God has spoken concerning your life.
Manipulation. That was the word that the Lord placed in my spirit this past Thursday during our prayer time. Manipulation. Wow! God says that many of us have been trying to manipulate the Father to move on our behalf, and to do things our way.
We may not see it as manipulation; but that is what it is. Listen; I don't know about your relationship with the Father, and how you communicate. But, when God communicates to me, He is quite blunt and to the point. That, no-holds-bar thing! And that's how I am. That is the way in which I communicate.
The Father simply stated that His children have been using manipulation to try and get Him to move on their behalf, when all they had to do was come boldly before His throne, and ask what for what they have need of. There is no need to butter God up. It is not necessary to bargain with the Father. Yet, that is exactly what many of us are doing, and aren't even aware.
It reminded me of children that want something from their parents, and they are afraid that the parent might say no, so they try to butter their parents up with compliments and good behavior or doing extra chores without being asked. Of course, the parents are quite hip to this, and some may go along for the laugh, while others will cut to the chase and say: Okay...what do you want?
Sound familiar? Come on; let's be honest with ourselves. Let's be honest with God. There are times when we have a need, and we are not certain to what God may say. And we will go through all the “proper” stances of prayer, hoping that God will see this, so that He would answer our prayer the way we want, and in the time that we want.
Beloved, God knows our heart. He knows the intent of our hearts. He knows if our prayers are sincere or not. He knows if we are just going through the motions of prayer just to get to the part where we can ask God for that which we have need or want of.
Why do we do this? Why do we try and manipulate God into answering our prayers or doing things our way? We don't have to do that! God understands us. We don't have to bargain with Him, or coax Him into doing something for us!
It is a pleasure for our Father to answer our prayers. It is a pleasure to our God to give to us, to provide for us, to say yes to us. But in what manner are we going to Him? He tells us to come boldly before His throne. To come to Him in truth and sincerity. He knows everything anyway! He just wants us to be forthright and truthful, and bold before Him.
Hebrews 4:13-16 (CEV) “Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth. 14 We have a great high priest, who has gone into heaven, and he is Jesus the Son of God. That is why we must hold on to what we have said about him. 15 Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! 16 So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.
Praise God! Nothing is hidden from God! He sees it all! He knows it all! And we are required to tell Him the truth. God is a big God. He can handle what we are going through. He knows our heart. He knows when we feel disappointed or discouraged or let down! He knows. And we should come before the Father with that truth and sincerity. And with complete honesty and boldness!
I don't know how many books I have read on prayer. How to pray. The proper posture in prayer. The proper way to pray. How to get your prayers answered. Etcetera...etcetera! Here's the gist of it: We must learn to be honest in our prayers with God. We must learn to come boldly before His throne, believing that He has already heard and answered our prayers, and that we have certainly prayed according to His will for our lives.
God understands us. He knows us. He knows what in our hearts. There are times when we won't even be able to recall what posture or what the protocol of prayer should be, because of the situation and circumstances we are in. Sometimes, there won't seem to be any order to our prayer, just a cry out to Jesus for help. Rest assure; in those times, the last thing you will remember is about how to pray or what comes first in prayer! All you will know is that you have an urgent need and you need God to show up right now! And that is when you learn how to come boldly before the Lord in prayer, with confidence, and truth; knowing that He has answered you, before you even asked.
There is no need for us to beg or plead or to butter God up to get what we want or stand in need of. Go before Him boldly in a spirit of truth and sincerity. Believe that what you have asked for He has already taken care of. And be certain that your motives for asking are coming from a pure and sincere heart. God knows it all. He sees it all. And He desires us to be truthful in all things.
I declare that this week will be filled with boldness and truth. May the spirit of peace and of prosperity continue to find rest in your lives: spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and financially. Come boldly before the throne of God. Ask for what you have need of, knowing that He will answer you and give you exactly what you stand in need of. You are Blessed. So...Be a Blessing!
©2012. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.