Worry and anxiety, stress and fear can quickly overtake the day. No matter what are individual struggles are, we have a very real enemy who tries to divert our attention away from Jesus in whatever way possible and we live in a culture that constantly pulls for our attention. But no matter what we face or what is happening in our lives, the truth is Jesus is on His throne. He reigns on His throne no matter what is thrown at us and no matter what our mindset is. Jesus reigns.
Jesus came to earth as God and as man, died on the cross, rose from the grave, and ascended into heaven and reigns until He returns for His bride, for His Church. He did it all as Prophet, Priest, and King. And because He is the ultimate and perfected Prophet, Priest, and King, we have a Lord that is the Word made flesh and the Truth incarnate, a Lord that gave us the way to God and intercedes for us, and a Lord that rules and reigns on His eternal throne. The gospel is such a marvelous miracle.
And a beautiful part of the gospel is an invitation to pray, an invitation to commune with God. Jesus gave us that ability to pray. Prayer is a great mystery and a great gift. We must remember prayer is not something to be taken lightly. But we also must remember if we have trusted Jesus, then we can approach God with a holy confidence. And as we approach Him, our hearts can rest in the truth of who He is. Our hearts can be comforted knowing we are approaching the throne of grace. In prayer, we are approaching Grace Himself.
And Grace is there; Grace is near. In worry and anxiety, stress and fear, in the struggles and pains of life, Grace beckons us to come. Grace listens. Grace lavishly gives mercy, help, comfort, grace, peace, forgiveness, love.
Brothers and sisters, whatever you are facing today, know there is One on the throne of grace ready for you to be near, to speak, to receive. There is One on the throne of grace helping in your time of need. And just knowing there is One on the throne of grace is deep comfort.
***To read about the throne of grace in Hebrews 4:16, please look at a sermon from C. H. Spurgeon delivered on November 19th, 1871. Spurgeon eloquently and beautifully talks about this powerful verse and what it means.***