I exult in the free, confident access You have provided, so that I can come into Your Presence for warm fellowship, for refreshment, for mercy when I’ve failed, for grace when I’m in need. What a joy to know that I can draw near to You at any moment, wherever I may be…that I can come boldly to Your throne of grace, assured of Your glad welcome – not because I’m worthy or because I’ve served You, but because You’re a God of grace, a God of unmerited, unlimited favor – not little dribbles of favor reluctantly measured out, but overflowing, super abundant favor. I’m so glad that You welcome me just as I am, simply because Jesus is my risen Savior, and I am alive with His life and righteous with His righteousness!
Thank You that I can praise and adore You and offer my requests in detail, with thanksgiving…that I can pour out my heart before You, being honest with You about my feelings and my mistakes and my sins. Thank You that when I turn to You as my Lord and confess my sins rather than hiding them or clinging to them, Your forgiveness is immediate and total…that I never need to fear that You will judge or condemn me.
Thank You that I can “be still” (cease striving, let go, relax) and know that You are God…that You are in control…and that I can restfully depend upon You and absorb Your strength and joy and peace. To think that You not only permit me to come before You, but You actually desire my fellowship, my worship, my prayers, and my eternal presence! Your desire is for me. “That You should allow Your creature to have fellowship with You is wonderful enough; but that You can desire it, that it gives You satisfaction and joy and pleasure, is almost too much for my understanding.” Thank You.
Read the following:
- Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 10:19-22; 4:16; Ephesians 3:12; Romans 5:17
- Philippians 4:6; Psalm 62:8; 1 John 1:8-10; Proverbs 28:13
- Psalm 46:10; Isaiah 40:31; John 4:23; Song of Solomon 2:14; 7:10