My six year old daughter has a habit of asking permission before she uses our en-suite toilet.
I’ve seriously lost count of the times we have assured and reassured her that while it is very sweet that she is being respectful of our ‘parental domain’ and privacy, she is more than welcome to use it and doesn’t need to ask our permission beforehand.
Yet, she continues to ask. It almost hurts my feelings.
I understand that she is asking from a place of respect and I admire her for that, but I also get frustrated because she is our child, not a house guest that has limited access to our living quarters.
I’m sure that God feels the same way about how we approach Him with some of our prayer requests.
I picture some of us quietly tip-toeing toward Him and asking for healing or provision or comfort or even love. His reply? “My child, I’m your Daddy, it’s yours! From the moment you accepted my son and turned your heart toward me, all I have is yours. You have full access. You are a co-heir with my Son Jesus Christ.”
When our mindset is one where we have to approach God with caution because we don’t measure up, we are not allowing ourselves to grasp the complete and finished work of The Cross.
We are not allowing ourselves to have love lavished upon us the way that Father God desires to do so.
The verse below urges us to come boldly to the Throne of Grace, even in our weakness, because Jesus not only sympathizes with us, but also understands what it is to be tempted.
He knows we fail, He knows we don’t measure up, so He took the place so we don’t have to!
We just have to accept the gift of His undeserved grace and mercy and start unpacking all the benefits it comes with.
Then we must start using those benefits to introduce others into this mind-blowing partnership.
You have been given an VIP Access All Areas Pass, en-suite and all!
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. (Hebrews 4:15, 16 NKJV)