A Standing Invitation
by Noah Hefley
April 24, 2021
A heard a funny story about a little boy who wanted $100 very badly. He prayed for weeks, but nothing happened. So he decided to write a letter to God requesting $100. When the postal authorities received the letter to “God, USA”, they decided to send it to the President. The President was so amused that he instructed his assistant to send the little boy a $10 bill. The President thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy. The little boy was delighted with the $10 bill, and sat down to write a thank-you note to God. The postal authorities forwarded this letter on to the President, too. It read: “Dear God, Thank you very much for sending the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you sent it through Washington, D.C., and those guys deducted $90 in taxes!”
Aren’t you glad that your prayers don’t have to go through anyone else, including the president? Your prayers are heard by God. The writer of Hebrews picks up on this & encourages us, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 12:16).
If you have a relationship with Jesus as your savior, then you can come anytime you want before the Heavenly Father. Christ not only paid the price at Calvary to secure your forgiveness but also to give you treasured access. You now, and forevermore, have the delightful privilege of conversing with the creator and sustainer of the universe. You are welcome in His Presence! How sweet is this?
Since you have this standing invitation and know that you are always welcome, then you can come before the LORD with joy! Further, you can come with confidence! Here’s why: It is because you know that thru prayer you receive mercy and find grace to help in your time of need. It’s true for me and you—prayer is wonderful AND it works! As James said, “The prayer of a righteous (person) is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). As I reminded you this past Sunday, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” (Lord Alfred Tennyson).
You may have many things to do today, but surely nothing is more important than spending time with your Heavenly Father. I would suggest you delay other things until after you have spent a few priceless moments with your God and Savior. Come now before His presence—enjoy Him!!! Amen & Amen!!!
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