Hola Mi Amor,
Como estas, darling? Welcome back to SHEISALLIN. Today, I want to talk to you about what God’s been teaching me regarding praying with boldness. You ready?
There are so many benefits to what Jesus has done for us by coming down from heaven, dying for us on the cross, and ascending to the Father 3 days later, and one of them is the ability to pray boldly and directly to God, and receive direct help from Him. In Matthew 8:1-4, Matthew says this:
When He came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. Right away a man with a serious skin disease came up and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Reaching out His hand He touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his disease was healed. (HCSB)
I think that in many ways, in many of the stories in Matthew 8 & 9 like this one, we can see examples of ways that we can approach Jesus, and this story in particular reminds me of what the speaker of Hebrews was talking about when he was speaking about praying before God’s throne. The speaker says this in Hebrews 4:16
“Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.” (HCSB)
The relationship between Jesus and the man with a skin condition in Matthew 8 is a great example of this verse. The man approached “God’s throne” with boldness figuratively speaking. He, right away, came and knelt before Jesus Himself, kneeling before Him with the desire for healing, and in response, he received mercy (see Webster’s Dictionary: “compassion shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power”) and grace (see Webster’s Dictionary: “unmerited divine assistance), when he needed it in the form of healing. How? God Almighty reached out and touched him, and healed him immediately. I believe that in the same way, Jesus is still asking for us to also come before His throne of grace in boldness like he did, because He is still willing to give us the help that we need.
My prayer is that when we pray, we come with boldness into God’s presence remembering that we can present our prayers boldly and directly to the ears of God in the presence of God, a privilege we couldn’t have enjoyed if Jesus hadn’t come down and made His dwelling with us; if Jesus hadn’t died for us on the cross and rose again that we who believe in Him would be able to enter into the presence of God blameless before His sight, even now.