Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Verse - Hebrews 4:16

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
(Hebrews 4:16)

The excerpt below is from one of Charles Spurgeon's sermons, and it was so good I wanted to share it with you.

We do not come, as it were, in prayer, only to God's almonry where he dispenses his favours to the poor, nor do we come to the back-door of the house of mercy to receive the broken scraps, though that were more than we deserve; to eat the crumbs that fall from the Master's table is more than we could claim; but, when we pray, we are standing in the palace, on the glittering floor of the great King's own reception room, and thus we are placed upon a vantage ground.
In prayer we stand where angels bow with veiled faces; there, even there, the cherubim and seraphim adore, before that selfsame throne to which our prayers ascend. And shall we come there with stunted requests, and narrow and contracted faith? No, it becomes not a King to be giving away pence; he distributes pieces of broad gold; he scatters not scraps of bread and broken meat as poor men must, but he makes "a feast of fat things, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined." When Alexander's soldier was told to ask what he would, he did not ask stintedly after the nature of his own merits, but he made such a heavy demand that the royal treasurer refused to pay it and put the case to Alexander, who in right kingly manner replied, "He knows how great Alexander is, and he has asked as from a king; let him have what he requests." Take heed of imagining that God's thoughts are as your thoughts, and his ways as your ways. Do not bring before God stinted petitions and narrow desires, saying, 'Lord, do according to these,' but remember that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are his ways above your ways, and his thoughts above your thoughts; ask, therefore, after a godlike manner; ask  for great things, for you are before a great throne.

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