Lay Your Burdens Down

Lay Your Burdens Down

Author: Pastor H. Bill Coker
June 15, 2020

Beloved, this is the word of the Lord for you today:

"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)

Points of Reflection

What burden, what troubles do you desire to bring to the Lord today in prayer? Do you not know that God is concerned about the things that concern you? You are not "less than" in the presence of God. The Holy Spirit announces you as "more than..." in God's presence. Yes, you are more than a conqueror through Christ who loved us. So, come boldly, approach the Throne of grace with confidence. The confidence and the courage to approach God in prayer, comes from Him, through the working of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us. God has given us the privileged grace and faith to approach Him in prayer, without reservation, and with transparency in action, thought, and speech. We approach His Throne of grace so that we may obtain mercy for our past and grace for our present and our future. Let us therefore come boldly to the Throne of grace. We must approach Him with a deep conviction and unwavering confidence. It must be our decision to approach Him. It must be be our delight to be in His presence. We come to Him to obtain what will satisfy the longing of our soul. May the Holy Spirit direct our souls as we approach the Throne of grace. May we approach, not just with our desires, but chiefly, in knowing the desires of God concerning us.

Gracious Father, you are beautiful beyond description and too marvelous for words. You are too wonderful for comprehension. Lord, you are truly amazing. We approach your Throne of grace in awe of who you are and the amazing privilege and faith that you have given us to boldly come to you with our many petitions.  Lord, we know that you are concerned about the things that concern us. Burdens great and small, we humbly approach you with these requests. Lord, as we come in confidence, help us not to only focus on our desires, but to seek to know your desires concerning us. Increase our confidence to trust you more and give us courage and faith to trust in you all the way. Restore hope to us in our hopeless seasons and give rest for our weary souls. May your healing balm bring sweet consolation and comfort to our crushed hearts. Lord, we bring before you also, those who have lost their way. Graciously direct them back to the pathway of your righteousness. Wrap your loving arms around the lonely and minister your healing to those who are low in spirit. Draw us nearer to you. Now let our prayers come before the Throne of your glory, and let our cry come before the Throne of your mercy. We ask all these petitions in the matchless and mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Beloved, you are not "less than in the presence of the Lord. Rather, through the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, you are "more than!" Yes, more than a conqueror. So, come boldly to the throne of grace and obtain! Reset and expect God's commanded blessings for you today.

IHS
SHEPHERD


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