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This month I want to help us prepare for Christmas by reflecting on God’s Grace. If you want an overview of what I’m trying to accomplish, read the first post in this blog series called A Month To Remember God’s Grace.
Below is the reflection for today.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
- Psalm 86:6
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
- Isaiah 58:9
Do you ever think you can’t bother God? That perhaps you are too insignificant or that he is too busy to listen to you? Do you ever wonder if he’s perturbed by your constant requests or annoyed at the smallness of your concerns?
Grace doesn’t just mean that we have free access to God, but also that God loves listening to us. This is why the author of Hebrews says we should boldly approach the throne of grace to find mercy and grace. In other words our voice matters to God. He wants to hear our thoughts and ideas. He bends his ear to listen to our concerns. Not because he doesn’t know, but because we matter to him.
This reality should cause us to come to God freely and frequently. There is no need to fear that we will be ignored. Even if we stammer or don’t know what to say, grace means God listens. He listens to the painful plea of a hurting mom. He listens to the exhausted cries of a struggling student. He listens when we seek his guidance. He listens when we confess our shortcomings. He listens when our joy is full and when our tank is empty. There isn’t a season or a situation when God closes his ear to his people.
Jesus said God wants us to come to him, like a child comes to her good dad. In other words we are to come freely and frequently and fearlessly. We are to come when we’re anxious and when we’re joyful. We are to come when we are weak and when we feel strong. We are to come when we are sad and when we are joyful because grace means God, as a good father, wants to hear from his children. So this Christmas come to him in prayer.
What false perceptions of God get in the way of you talking to God freely and frequently? How does grace change these false perceptions?