Readings from the New Testament
The apostle Paul reminds us that we can approach God with full confidence.
In union with Christ and through our faith in him we have the boldness to go into God’s presence with all confidence.
God can be trusted. The author of the second letter to Timothy writes:
I am still full of confidence, because I know whom I have trusted, and I am sure that he is able to keep safe until that Day what he has entrusted to me.
2 Timothy 1.12b
God understands our weaknesses.
Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God – Jesus, the Son of God. Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.
The author of Hebrews also reminds us that Jesus prayed with cries and tears to God.
In his life on earth Jesus made his prayers and requests with loud cries and tears to God, who could save him from death. Because he was humble and devoted, God heard him. But even though he was God’s Son, he learned through his sufferings to be obedient. Hebrews 5.7,8