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A new week, a new verse to memorize and map! This week, our chapter focuses on prayer and why we should pray. Besides God telling us we should, I see no other reason needed. Prayer is our open dialogue and conversation with God.
I’ve learned that there is no right or wrong way to pray. It’s just conversation with God. Yes, I realize God is so much bigger than us, but remember, He humbled Himself to human form and walked among the least of us.
Simple, everyday conversation is what God wants. Personally I usually start by just saying hi and asking how He is doing today. I pray (talk) to God like I would want Him to talk to me.
Let’s look at this week’s verse. It comes from the book of Hebrews:
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. (Hebrews 4:16, NIV)
I like this version too:
16 So let us step boldly to the throne of grace, where we can find mercy and grace to help when we need it most. (The Voice)
And finally, The Message:
The High Priest Who Cried Out in Pain
14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
I’ll be mapping out the NIV version, as it is that version I will be memorizing. As always, I start with making the verse personal like this:
Let Jayne approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that Jayne may receive mercy and find grace to help Jayne in a time of need.
Making it personal really speaks to me. Words that stand out are “approach”, “confidence”, and “receive”. So, let’s look them up!
- Approach: Come near or nearer to. Syn: Come/go towards
- Confidence: a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. Syn: Trust, belief, faith, conviction.
- Receive: take delivery of. Syn: be presented with
Come near with a feeling of self-assurance and take delivery. That offers me a lot of comfort, and if I add it back into the verse, it reads as this:
Let Jayne come near God’s throne of grace with a feeling of self assurance, so that Jayne may take delivery of the mercy and find grace to help her in a time of need.
How blessed to worship a God that says come near to me and talk to me! That’s my verse map for this week. I’ll be writing much more on prayer throughout the week.