Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

In The Believer’s Guidebook, Lawrence Richards writes this delightful synopsis on the privilege of coming before our loving Father in personal prayer:

I’ve read many books on prayer. Too many of them approach prayer as if it were an obstacle course . . . prayer seems to become a tense, threatening chore.

Our technique must be just right. God, the all-seeing Judge, gives points; and when we fail to clear the hurdles, He is quick to withhold the prize.

What bothers me about such interpretations is that they’re hardly honest to God. They distort the vision given in the Bible of a loving, welcoming God.

To understand prayer, we simply need to look up at the character of God. We need to see the loving Father. We need to hear Him invite us to share every need and confess every sin.

Prayer is nothing less than responding to the warm assurance of God’s love and accepting His invitation to come to our Father and to share.

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