Friday, April 01, 2016

Boldness & Confidence

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
O praise the Lord! Give praise to God
within his holy place;
and in his mighty, vast expanse
sing out to him your praise.
 —Psalm 150:1
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
—Revelation 1:4-6
Not just a timid approach, but a boldness and confidence in coming to God, was purchased by a crucified Christ. Though previously God and humanity were at odds, now God invites, and we may come; we call and God answers. What can be more encouraging than to consider, that by his blood he has made us a kingdom of priests serving God, to offer up sacrifices with a royal spirit, since the curse which should have fallen upon our heads has been borne by him. We should think of this every time we go to God in prayer: it was by this death that the throne of God was opened. This will chase away that fear that disarms us of our vigor. It will compose our souls to offer up delightful petitions. It is in this only we see the face of God appeased toward us.
 —Stephen Charnock (alt.)
Christ our great high priest, you understand our weakness, and pray for us while we are sinners. Help us, through you, to find a new and living way to God.
 —A New Zealand Prayer Book
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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