“Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” - Hebrews 4:16
I grew up hearing my parents repeat these words at the beginning of their prayers, “Lord, we enter the throne room of grace in our hour of need.” It was in Spanish so it went something like this “Padre, entramos al trono de la gracia…” I heard this prayer especially during difficult times. It was a desperate prayer and a heartfelt one. Well it wasn’t until I became an adult and I revisited this verse that I truly understood its meaning. And more recently, this morning, as I contemplated on our house project and the blessing it was to hear construction workers on the other side of the wall that I for the first time, realized that His grace never runs out.
For so long my husband, Tachu and I prayed for a house. We desired one in our current city where we had been doing life for the past 7 years: work, school, church, family and friends. We wanted to own a house so desperately and it seemed so impossible. After a miraculous series of events, God gave us our perfect, little home near all our favorite things. As we desired to expand on the house to make it more accommodating for overnight guests and weekend hosting, God then provided a carpenter; a carpenter just like Jesus who would enter our lives and bless us with his craftsmanship. So as I sat in my dining room this morning hearing the hammering and the drilling, I prayed that same prayer my parents taught me so many years ago as I thought about my family’s needs: “Lord, I enter your throne room of grace and mercy…” But this time I stopped midway.
In all honesty, I actually felt a bit embarrassed asking for grace yet again because here I was, asking for more all the while He’s given me so much. But then He whispered in my heart that His grace does not run dry. His grace does not reach any limits. His grace is not finite. It actually freely overflows, with no limits and entirely infinite.
So if you’re feeling like you can’t ask God for more or for anything because you are hindered by disappointment or sin or feel like you’ve used up all your credit, remember, His divine throne room is where you will find abundant and overflowing grace for eternity. It’s through His unimaginable love that He will continue to pour blessing over blessing upon you! So today, enter His presence with thanksgiving and confidence in your hour of need.
May you be blessed with more of His grace and mercy today and forevermore! And as you seek Him in prayer may you humble yourself in His presence and follow in the footsteps of Daniel: “Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.’ ” (Daniel 10:12).