Prior to communicating with someone in authority, I take a lot of time trying to plan the verbal or written communication. I choose my words carefully so that I am concise (sensitive to their time) and respectful (honoring their authority). I probably spend too much time planning, but it helps me feel prepared so that I get my message across accurately, show respect, and, hopefully, gain some respect.
Interestingly, I never organize my thoughts when approaching the throne of our gracious God; I just start talking (i.e. prayer). Why would I feel bold approaching God, but not a company executive? Here’s why. First, I have received an invitation, and through faith, I believe the invitation is genuine. Second, I believe that I am made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ (Rom 5:9). Third, I am adopted into His own family (Eph 1:5). This results in a level of comfort that is difficult to find with authority figures in the world.
Having access to God was a radical idea in the ancient world. Most rulers were only approachable by their highest advisers (not much different from today). In contrast, God desires an intimate, eternal relationship with us. He wants us to come boldly to His throne…any time! He loves communicating with you. Start when you wake up, then at meals, during your travels, before (or during) your meeting at work, while you are coaching sports, walking in the house, while on a phone call with a friend, while at church.
Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing me to approach your throne of grace. You treat me like royalty, but it’s hard for me to believe that I am. Holy Spirit, continue to prompt me to go boldly to the Father with a measure of awe and comfort and totally accept my identity in Christ. Prompt me to praise and thank God in all aspects of my life and open my heart all day long to His wisdom. Amen.