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 weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV)

In the old hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, one of the most profound stanzas goes like this:

“O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.”

-What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Joseph M. Scriven, 1855

Over a century and a half later, these words written by Joseph M. Scriven still ring true in our generation. We often forfeit great peace and we often bear needless pain because we fail to come to God in prayer.

The writer of Hebrews makes it clear to us that the throne of grace is made available to all who believe in Jesus (v. 16). It is such a wonderful privilege to come to God in prayer at His throne and at any time. In fact, Jesus paid a hefty price— His blood on the cross —so that we who believe in Him may have access to the throne of grace. This access is made possible because Jesus is our “great high priest” (v. 14). This means that He, as the great high priest, offered the ultimate sacrifice for our sins—a sacrifice of His own body and blood. This also means that He continues to mediate in our behalf with God. Jesus is able to mediate perfectly because He fully understands what we go through in terms of our weaknesses and temptations (v. 15).

Jesus paved the way so that we can have access to God in prayer. That is why the writer of Hebrews is able to encourage believers to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence (v. 16). We need not be fearful or embarrassed or anxious in approaching God in prayer. Instead, we can be quite confident in our approach. We can boldly storm the throne of grace with all of our requests and petitions.

Do you truly believe that you have access to God’s ear through prayer? God hears every single plea that is made before Him. What matter must you bring to the Lord this day? Boldly storm the throne of grace laying it before the Almighty. The gift of prayer is available to you.

The writer of Hebrews ends with an incredible encouragement. As we confidently approach the throne of grace, we can rest assured that “we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (v. 16). Help in time of need is available to all who come to the Lord in prayer. Let us not continue to forfeit great peace and bear needless pain. Instead, let us boldly access the throne of grace through our prayers to the Almighty God.