A Passage To Ponder: Hebrews 4:14-16

C. S. Lewis, from his book, “God in the Dock,” offers this interesting bit of dialogue regarding prayer.

“Praying for particular things,” said I, “always seems to me like advising God how to run the world. Wouldn’t it be wiser to assume that He knows best?”

“On the same principle,” said he, “I suppose you never ask a man next to you to pass the salt because God knows best whether you ought to have salt or not. And I suppose you never take an umbrella because God knows best whether you ought to be wet or dry.”

“That’s quite different,” I protested.

“I don’t see why,” said he. “The odd thing is that He should let us influence the course of events at all. But since He lets us do it in one way, I don’t see why He shouldn’t let us do it in the other.”

Prayer is a privilege provided for people who belong to God. While Jesus provided a model for us and the Bible gives us some direction regarding the nature of our prayers, we should not come to God fearfully or cautiously.

In today’s passage to ponder we are exhorted with this challenge, assurance, and promise.

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

We often think of prayer in terms of humility, reverence, and submissiveness. While these attributes and attitudes are appropriate, there is a sense in which we approach God with boldness. This doesn’t mean a disrespectful brashness, but with a confident assurance that God cares. God hears. And God answers prayer.

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