When you come before the throne of the Almighty God to talk to Him, how do you start out? Do you say, “Hey Daddy!,” “Dear Heavenly Father,” “Dear Jesus”…? There are so many ways to address Him that honor Him, but it really all boils down to your heart.
In your heart, are you really coming before Him?
Consider Who it is you are coming before. He just had to speak and the heavens and the earth came into being! Think of the power He has to just speak and- Wow! Think of the power He has that even now, He is holding every atom atom together in every molecule that make up everything in the universe (Colossians 1:17)
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a];
he puts the deep into storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of the world revere him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
Who Is He?
He is the Creator of all, both infinite and personal. All that you can say about Him is true of Him without limit. Here are some things that are true about the one you come before in prayer:
- Eternal- he is not limited by time (Psalm 30)
- Immutable- unchanging (Numbers 23)
- Omnipresent- not limited by space/personally present everywhere (Psalm 139)
- Sovereign- King of Kings and all powerful (Ephesians 1)
- Omniscient- all knowing (Matthew 11)
- Love (1 John 4:8)
- Good (Psalm 145)
- Truthful (John 14)
- Just (Psalm 36:6)
- Omnipotent- all powerful (Revelations 19)
- Independent- Complete entirely on His own (Acts 17:24-27)
- Holy- Completely pure and separate from all sin and evil (1 John 1)
Pause Before You Enter His Gates
One of the men I most respect on this earth, my best friend’s father who was a father-figure in my life once taught a lesson to a group of us as teenagers that I still remember so many years later. He told us when we close our eyes to stop and pray:
Pause- Take a Moment to Reflect On Who You Are Coming Before
Bring to mind Who He is. And then come. Boldly come into His presence, knowing you are completely accepted and welcomed- not because of what you have done, but because of what He has done. The great Accuser, Satan, would love to use guilt to keep you from coming to God. However, if you have trusted in Christ, you are accepted completely to God because of what Jesus did.He has clothed you with His righteousness. Therefore:
Come Boldly Before His Throne: Hebrews 4:14-16 (emphasis added)
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.