Lately, I’ve been thinking about the idea of coming before God with our requests. I’ve heard various ideas about how to come to His Presence and especially the idea of kneeling before His throne.
First, let’s explore this throne and the idea behind it.
As everyone knows, in the kingdoms of the royals, the king and/or queen sat on a throne. When a request was brought to the ruler, it was in their throne room, where it was made quite obvious who was in charge. The throne was usually set high on a stairs and the petitioner was usually forced to kneel, emphasizing even more the image and idea of who was in charge.
It is to this throne that many people feared to come. They would come, most likely trembling in fear, asking the king/queen for what they desired, whether it be a fair ruling, trade of land, settlement in a dispute or even money/status. If the king/queen were in a good mood, their request would most likely be granted, or at least thoroughly considered. If the ruler were having a terrible day, the person would most likely be the recipient of a verbal lashing from the ruler, an outright refusal to hear the matter, or, even worse, imprisonment or death. The subjects of the kingdom feared coming to the king/queen, not knowing what to expect. Thank goodness we don’t have a situation like that nowadays!
However, we do have a King who sits on a throne, and His name is YHWH. He is the LORD of hosts! He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He sits on a mighty throne in heaven, a throne to which we are strongly encouraged to come.
The author of the book of Hebrews tells us that we are to “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace”. (4:16a) Some translations state that we are come boldly to His throne.
But why? If this King is so mighty, so powerful, Ruler above all rulers, why should we come boldly, with confidence, to His throne? As Michael W. Smith put it in his song “Here I Am”:
“Here I come to Your threshing floor where the angels fear to tread.”
The angels, God’s own personal servants who are perfect fear to walk on the floor before God’s throne, the “threshing floor”. So, if they are afraid to walk before His throne, why should we go to it bodly? Once again, the author of Hebrews makes it clear:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (4:14-15)
He states that we should go with confidence because of our great High Priest, Jesus. He is there to protect us, to be the Mediator between us and God. Because of what He did for us, dying on the cross and rising from the dead, we are able to go to God’s throne with boldness, with confidence.
So, my dear, dear friends, my brothers and sisters, when you have something you need to bring to God, go to Him with confidence. Do not doubt, do not fear, do not tremble, for Jesus is your High Priest and Mediator and He will keep you from harm. He interceded for you on the cross. Let Him intercede for you before the throne.
Go to God’s throne with strength, confidence and full assurance!
Until then, my friends, be strong and keep the faith.