Right after college I went to England to preach for 30 days. I traveled with Bill Bell and the Liberty Baptist College soccer team. I knew that on one of those 30 days we would visit Buckingham Palace. I did some research and found out how to get into the palace to be able to sign the queen’s guest book.
My best friend, Chuck, was going on the trip. When I told him that I could get into Buckingham Palace he laughed. I then told him that I could get him in with me. Suddenly,he was a bit more interested. On the right day, at exactly the right time, we went to the famous palace.
I told the Queen’s Guard that I wanted to sign the queen’s guest book. Chuck was standing a good bit to the side just in case I got shot. The guard turned and opened the gate. I motioned for Chuck to come out of hiding, and we walked through the massive iron stronghold, through the courtyard and into the palace.
When we got inside, I declared boldly that we had come to sign the queen’s guest book. Chuck was about to hyperventilate. The “butler” took us down a long hallway and into a private room where we signed the queen’s guest book. For real.
No tea and crumpets, but our names (Chuck was so nervous you couldn’t even read his writing) are forever inscribed on the pages of her guest book, for the queen to cherish and admire (smiley face inserted here). This was a once-in-a-lifetime event and way cool.
Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us draw near with confidence [boldly] to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (NASB).
Wow! Most Christians are more intimidated in their praying than Chuck was about going into Buckingham Palace. We see God as the “Great Scorekeeper in the Sky,” and we never feel like we have enough points. We are never good enough. We have too much sin. We don’t have enough Scripture memory and quiet time to boldly enter into His presence.
And so our prayers (usually out of desperation) are puny, pitiful and powerless. Nothing ever happens. Answerless prayers bounce off the ceiling and crash unopened into our hearts. Dejected, we move on and try to earn some more “God” points so maybe next time He will listen.
Hear this. The problem is not God; it is us. Rather, our perception of us. We see ourselves as poor little “sinners saved by grace.” Nothing more. But if you look at Hebrews 4:14, “Since we have a great high priest … Jesus, the Son of God,” we see that it is by His shed blood, His righteousness, which wraps us like a robe (see Is. 61:10), that we can enter boldly into His throne room into the very presence of God!
We sing, “Jesus paid it all.” Now let’s live like He did.
This week in your Christ walk, pray boldly. No, really, try it. Get alone and picture yourself walking boldly into His throne room (Hang on; you might have an Isaiah 6 experience). Ask Him for what you need. Boldly. Tell Him your pains. Boldly. Pour out your heart before Him. Boldly. Worship Him in the beauty of His holiness. Boldly. Do you feel that you are not worthy? Good because you are not, but Jesus is and He is your great high priest. He paid it all. Sin had left a crimson stain but He washed it white as snow. And the throne room is now open. There is no “Queen’s Guard.” This is not a once-in-a-lifetime event. Go in often; you will never be turned away.
Leonard Davidson is Executive Assistant to the President of the American Association of Christian Counselors. This article is used by permission.
PRAYER POWER FOR THE WEEK OF 5-9-2011
In the wake of two momentous events, that of the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the demise of one of the most wanted criminals of all time, Osama Bin Laden, we pause to recognize the only wise Sovereign God, who has prepared a royal place for us and given us permission to boldly enter His Holy throne room. This week take time to meditate on that and give Him the adoration & worship He alone merits. Thank Him for His continual care and provision and lift up those suffering from the horrendous effects of recent natural statewide and overseas disasters. Pray for those bringing aid to these areas and ask God how you can be a blessing. Continue to pray for our president, our allies, and those working with them to ensure our protection. Pray for Israel and that the Church would rise up to be all in needs to be in these turbulent times. Heb. 4:14; Is. 61:10; 1 Tim. 2:1-8
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