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 NIV
Pam and I had a great weekend trip visiting Sang Sweeney and her son, our daughter Melody, attending Texas A&M vs UA football game, spending the night with my brother and his wife, and attending our grandson’s, Stephen, first soccer game this year, oh yea, Pam also feed and held Gideon, our newest grandchild.
BUT all of that was overshadowed by the Israelis-Hamas war conflict. We listened to many news reports as we traveled home from Texas. The assault reminded me of America’s 9/11 attack. As we traveled, I shared with one friend another insight I gained while at the game.
Our seats were about 5 from the top of the End Zone seating– lets just say I was looking for the oxygen mask. We did go to the top and look over the edge. As I mentioned in my previous blog, the fans – the 12th Man were extremely loud during the game. We had a beautiful blue sky over the stadium. Most were shouting and yelling DOWN toward the field. I began to look UP.
I wanted my voice to rise above all of the others. It did not need to be loud, just rising above the other noise. I softly began to declare “Bama – Bama – Bama”. I cupped my mouth and face upward – “Bama – Bama – Bama”. I never felt the need to shout it loudly…I just wanted to keep the rest of the shouts covered.
On the way home, I was sharing with a friend about praying for the peace of Jerusalem and this verse in Hebrews came to my mind. We have the authority, we have the privilege, we have the right as children of our heavenly Father to approach the throne of grace and present our request.
At any moment, we can begin presenting our request. Above the noise, above the confusion, above the problems we are facing, above the turmoil we are experiencing, above the defeats we are enduring, above the failures we are experiencing, above the personal unresolved conflicts, OUR voice of prayer enters into the throne of grace to our Father.
Our prayer is heard. The rawness of our emotions is felt. The desperation of “nowhere else to turn” is empathetically embraced. No stiff arm of judgment is pushed toward us. A broken and contrite heart is warmly embraced.
My prayer for the conflict is for light to uncover all of the hidden things. May every motive come to light. May evil be exposed. Pam is praying for confusion to come to the enemy. May all who are lost come to a relationship with Jesus.
God invites you to come into His presence and present your request. May you enjoy refreshing as you spend time with the author and the finisher of your faith.
Blessings Love y’all