This morning after my morning prayer, I was thinking, or rather meditating, about the scripture in Hebrews 4:16 that says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” The more I pondered those words, the more I began to visualize myself as a little boy running and jumping into the arms of my Daddy. I knew that he loved me and that he would catch me and hug me when I landed in his big, loving arms. I loved my Daddy and I still think of him often.

The point I am making is that just as my Daddy was looking forward to me showing him my love and excitement of being able to love on him, the Lord is likewise looking forward to his children coming boldly to Him with love and excitement of being loved back. It was a joyous time for my Daddy and I when we hugged, just as it is a mutual time of joy when we come lovingly into the arms of our Heavenly Father, who loves us more than we can know.

When God’s children come to Him in a meek and lowly attitude, it is as if they are groveling and whimpering as they come Him. I know I am treading on sacred ground here and may hurt someone’s feelings when I say that they are groveling and scared as they approach Him. I realize that in the Bible, God is unapproachable except on His terms and only when He allows it. I can’t help but think that we get the attitude that we must tremble and be humbled as we come into the presence of the Creator of the Universe and realize that we are nothing as compared to His majesty. I do think that we sometimes approach God in prayer much the same way as the cast of the Wizard of Oz approached “the Great and Powerful Oz”, who was just a man behind a curtain making with theatrics to scare those who come into his presence. I’m not saying that God plays such tricks and ploys with us, just that the fear of the tin man, the cowardly lion, the scarecrow and little Dorothy are very much like many Christians who approach God as a trembling little nobody, approaching the Great and Powerful God! That is not to take anything from God, mind you, just to say that we get that fear mentality with God when it is not the way He wants us to approach Him.

Just as my Daddy loved for me to show him love and affection, I think our Heavenly Father also loves it when his little young’uns come to Him in love rather than fear. We are, after all, the children of the Most High God. That should mean something to us, because it means something to Him. Remember, we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Now, think about that for a moment. We don’t deserve the right to come before God, but He has given us that priority and access because of what Christ did for us on the Cross. Remember the scripture that says, “And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;” (Matthew 27:51)? Well, I believe that was done to show us that the “way into the Holiest of Holies” was now opened to us because of what Christ did on the Cross for us! More, much more, was accomplished on the Cross than forgiveness of sin. We also were allowed entrance into the very presence of the, heretofore unapproachable God. But now! God who is rich in Mercy can be approached with Holy Boldness. The risen Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. What does that tell you? Christ has the “ear” of the Father on our behalf and we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous. We have so much going for us when we come to the Father in prayer. We have an open-door policy made available by the suffering Savior, with the heart of a loving Father, who wants us to come boldly into His presence now.

Remember, we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. We are granted the same access to our Most High Heavenly Father, just as little Tad Lincoln was given access to President Lincoln, regardless of what was going on in the Oval Office. We are like Tad Lincoln in as much as we have access to the Father above all creatures who might want to approach him. God may be unapproachable or restricted in some way to angels, demons, earthlings, or anyone in the realm of heaven, but His little Children have a special access because of the “Blood Relationship” we have with Him. We are born into His household and we are also purchased by the Blood of Christ, so the way I see it, we have at least double access into the presence of our Father.

Just as my Daddy used to love to see me running towards him, with a big grin on my face, looking forward to being in his lap or in his arms, I think our Heavenly Father loves to see us coming to Him with happy hearts and not as scared little rabbits who have no open access to Him. We are somebody in His body. That is why we cry “Abba Father”. That word Abba is the same word we use as Daddy. I loved my stepfather, but I never called him Daddy; that was reserved especially for one man, my own flesh and blood Daddy. I called my stepfather Dad, but Daddy was reserved for my only Daddy, my only Abba, Father.

So, in closing, I think our attitude in coming to God in prayer should be as joyful and loving as when we ran into our Daddy’s arms. Romans 8:14-17 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself (Himself) beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

1John 5:14-15 – “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” My attitude in prayer has changed in recent years and I have noticed that my prayers are now most often answered by Him, not because of who I am, but because of who I am “In Him”. He is my Father and I am His son; whatsoever I ask of Him, He will give it, if I ask in His will. Come to Him with joyous hearts and thanksgiving, asking and doubting nothing. Amen