Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Jesus tells a story of two persons who went to pray in the temple, one was proud but the other was humble and the later went home more blessed because he approached God in humility, not in timidity. Luke 18:9- 14. So Jesus said, “this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted”.
God wants us to come BODLY to the throne of grace such that we will obtain mercy and find grace needed for help in our times of need, yet many of us come timidly. We have wrongly assumed timidity for humility.
Humility means to reverence/honour/respect an higher authority based on deepened love for that person. To be humble simply means to submit yourself to being led, taught or trained.
Timidity means to become afraid of something or someone because he can hurt you or is assumed to be unfriendly and dangerous.
God is highly approachable, friendly and admissible. He desires us to come to Him in boldness as a son approaches his father. Don’t approach God timid, fear borne out of nothing, but come boldly.
If you read the next verses in Luke 18:15-16, you’ll find Jesus giving unrestricted permission to allowing children come to Him. The heart that approach God without restrictions is the heart of a child therefore He says “anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God as a child will not enter into it.”
When we pray, we must pray in boldness, in confidence and in faith knowing therefore that whatsoever we ask in prayers, God will do it. However, we must maintain humility of the heart, not pride.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
We must have confidence in that God hears us. Our victory in Christ Jesus gives us the confidence we need, not fear. “For God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of Power, Love and of sound mind.”
Paul in admonishing the Hebrew church said “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” In other words he is saying, don’t become fearful or timid because you have lost confidence in the Lord, since we know that it has great reward. Rather than become timid, grow in boldness and confidence in the Lord.
Highlight: When praying, pray in boldness but not in pride. Always pray in humility not in timidity. God bless you.