The author of the epistle to the Hebrews gives us an admirable exhortation: "Let us therefore draw near to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace, to help in our need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Every believer in need, whether this need is material, physical, emotional, spiritual, seeks help from God in prayer. This verse tells us about this, and tells us how to be helped in our needs. The way presented to us, the only way by which we can obtain help, is the grace of God. Some imagine that it is their perseverance, their faith, their merits which trigger divine help. Of course we must persevere in prayer, (Ephesians 6:18; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; Hebrews 6:12…), of course we must have faith to draw near to God (Hebrews 11:6), but s We must persevere in the assurance that we have all things by His grace alone.
God wants us to persevere in expressing our faith in His generosity. The one who asks God for something depending on his grace says: "I come to you empty-handed, I deserve nothing, I am not worthy that you come to me, but I proclaim your love and your grace over my life ."
He who prays filled with legalism says: “I come to you with my hands full of my works, my efforts, my offerings, my merits…”.
This person may persevere, but perseverance in error does not change the error into truth. God hates legalism. His love is not for sale. Having our prayers answered is not a prize given to moral winners or a reward for great spiritual achievement.
God overflows with eternal love for us; we do not have to struggle to obtain his favor. The throne of grace is open to all, no guilt can keep us from approaching it if we are humble enough to recognize our sin. Let us cling to the grace that is in Christ by asking God in faith for the blessing we need. Let us thank God for blessing us only because of who he is, and never because of who we are.
“Lord, thank you for this free and unlimited access that we have to you, not because of our merits, but solely because of your grace.
You are not seated on a throne of judgment, but on the throne of grace, so with confidence we turn to you for all our needs, and in the name of Jesus in whom grace is given to us, amen!”