Monday, June 6, 2016

The Throne of Grace, not The Throne of Terror

The following is from my new book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? 
When I was a young, one particular scene in the movie The Wizard of Oz scared the wits out of me. Dorothy, the scarecrow, the tin man, and the cowardly lion are permitted to enter into the Wizard’s throne room. Fire and smoke surround the throne. The cowardly lion is absolutely terrified. A huge image of the Wizard’s head floats up before them and says in a booming voice, “I am Oz, the great and powerful! Who are you?”

The fearful four tremble in the Wizard’s presence. Dorothy says to the big face of the Wizard, “I’m Dorothy. We’ve come to ask you…” The Wizard interrupts her with a thundering, “Silence! The great and powerful Oz knows why you have come.” He then belittles the tin man, “You dare to come to me for a heart, do you? You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of junk!” (Hendrickson Publishers 2016, p.91,95)

Some people view God's throne like Oz's throne when they pray. But God calls His throne “The Throne of Grace” and not “The Throne of Terror.” Hebrews 4:6 tells us, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.” This verse tells us 5 things about how to pray (explained in detail in the book).
   1. WHO can go—“Let us therefore come”
   2. WHERE to go—“to the throne of grace”
   3. HOW to go—“come boldly”
   4. WHY to go—“that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help”
   5. WHEN to go—“in time of need”
Once you understand these 5 things, you’ll become more confident in your praying.
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