Unpacking Treasure in the Word

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I love this verse from the book of Hebrews. It is filled with so many key items, almost like a suitcase after an extended trip. So today I invite you to come along with me as we begin to unpack this verse.

Hebrews 4:16 centers around prayer, which is an integral part of not only our faith but also our relationship with God.

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence” (Hebrews 4:16a)

This means that because of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins on the cross, we not only have the gift of salvation, but also direct access to God. You and I do not need to speak through someone else. We not only have direct access to God but also can do so with confidence. We do not need to approach like a timid mouse, but rather boldly.

God longs to hear from us – the good and the bad. Just like me with my children. I want to hear about their day and have them talk with me not just when they want something. I encourage you to see prayer as simply a conversation with God. Like any relationship, it will grow with time together and that can be accomplished through prayer and time in the Word. God will speak to your heart.

He makes a promise to us in the second half of the verse: “so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Dear friend, no matter what you bring to God in prayer you can rest assured that He will grant you mercy and grace. Just like David in the Psalms, God wants to restore us to the joy of our salvation. However, we must be willing to come to Him and lay our sin, burdens and struggles at His feet and let His love, grace and mercy flow over us.

We also need to view prayer as a preparation for what lies ahead. We can’t see the future. However, God not only sees the big picture, but also is waiting there with open arms. He knows what we are going to go through and uses prayer to guide, equip and strengthen us. However, we have to first come to Him.

Say for example you were heading out on a long trip and a friend said to stop by and he would give you everything you needed for the journey, would you make time to go? Absolutely, we wouldn’t even give it a second thought. You and I would want to be prepared. So why don’t we take God up on His offer? He has everything we need, and so much more all we need to do is go to Him in prayer. Jesus paid the price, our access has been granted. Take God at His Word and approach Him with confidence knowing He will grant you grace and mercy.

 

Your Turn: I encourage you to spend time with God in prayer today. Also, if you have a prayer request, please leave it in the comment section, I would love to pray for you.

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9 thoughts on “Unpacking Treasure in the Word

  1. Hi Ms Jamie I do so love reading your posts they are such a blessing to me,I recently signed up to go to a woman’s conference, & then I was asked by the director of the Women of faith to be the prayer leader for Indy. After praying I accepted because I knew it was god, so if like it if you will pray for me but also believe god with me for the move of god through the woman of faith your,they just started yesterday in billings Montana ,I believe god appointed me because I needed to go this, this is the first year that women of Faith has had prayer leaders in each state that they’ll represent,& I feel honored to be chosen for my city,so I want to go a good job in it to the glory of God, I’m suppose to recruit other women to be a part of the prayer city team, about (50) women or men as well, I pray for god to send the right people with hearts & passion for prayer. They don’t even have to live in Indy, I want yo see the power of god through this many lives will be touched & changed. Thank you again. I love you & god bless you & your family..

  2. Jamy, thank you for another inspirational word! I am asking you to continue to pray for my strength as I am in the last stages of my divorce. Each day gets easier, however, anger and bitterness still creeps in. I want to be free of any ill feelings. I want to see this as a door closing for God to open another door with a better situation.
    As you pray for me, I will continue to pray for you and your ministry. God bless you. 🙂

  3. Jamy, I enjoy reading your posts. I am so glad that I can approach God and tell Him anything, whether I am praising Him, or asking Him for something or just discussing the events of the day. God is so good and He is always available for us. How glorious to be His child! God Bless You!

  4. Jamy , you have a special place in my heart. In a previous Bible study, I responded to you. You took the time to write me back. You made me feel very special . I appreciate you and your prayers for my husband. I am still trying to let God take control of my husband and our marriage . My husband has recently retired after 28 years as a state employee . Please pray for direction in his life.

  5. Beautifully written. Prayer is essential to our relationship with the Lord and growing in His Word. I would appreciate you praying for me in completing a task the Lord called me to do. It has been and will be a difficult road ahead. I am dependent on Him otherwise it is not possible for me. Prayer is vital because Satan bombards me consistently. However, I know from experience prayer will halt him. I humbly ask for your prayer to help me as I work to finish this stage of the Lord’s project. It is titled God’s Work: Jesus’ message, His purpose, and His command. Thank you dear sister. May our Lord bestow on you a special blessing in the days to come. Jesus, name. Amen.

  6. So enjoyed reading your post Jamy- what an awesome privilege we have in being able to converse with the God of the universe! Amazing

  7. Jamy always love your blog precious lady. Love how you shared we need to view prayer as preparation for the future. That’s so true. As for prayer, please continue to lift Colt, our grandson in prayer. His gene tests did not come back as we have been praying, but God has a plan. Debbie W. (Proverbs 31 Ministries OBS Team)

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