What does coming boldly to God for help in our time of need look like?
7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” (Hebrews 5: 7-10)
Jesus shows us that coming boldly to God is not coming to God in arrogance, demanding that He answer our prayers. Praying like that would suggest that we don’t really know who God is and that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Coming boldly to God for help in the time of need is not a casual thought to oneself about how much you want God to move on your behalf. It is also not just a coming one time to the altar for prayer. Praying like this would suggest that we are not in that much of a need or desire for God. If we don’t really need or want God, He does not move. Yes, there are some things we can simply ask for and receive. Yet, there are other things we must seek out, and then we will find. But then there is also another level; there are things for which we must knock before the door is opened for us.
Note how Jesus, the Son of God, the express image of His person, the Word that was in the beginning and was with God and was God, note how He came to God with prayers and supplications, with intense cries and tears, and was heard because of His Godly fear.
If Jesus had to pray in this way, then don’t we? And how much more! We cannot simply give these mediocre prayers in our time of testing. If we do, then that shows how weak our faith truly is. It might indicate how lightly we take sin. It might show how little we believe God is able to save us. It might indicate how much we don’t realize the purpose of our test.
Why are we tested?
Do we know why we are tested? Do we know why God is allowing us to go through the things we go through? Did you know that the Israelites could have taken a short cut to the promise land? Did you know that there was a route God could have taken them that would have brought them there in a matter of several weeks? So, why in the world did He take them 40 years through the wilderness?
Did you know that God knew all along the son that He promised Abraham, He would ask Abraham to sacrifice back to Him? Did you know that God all along had a ram in the bush, and that He never really wanted Abraham to sacrifice His son? So, why in the world did He ask Him to do such a thing?
We see in the scripture above, Hebrews 5:8-9, that Jesus learned obedience by the things He suffered and became perfected. First, it’s an interesting thought that the Son of God, in whom and for whom and by whom all things were created, that He was to learn obedience by the things He suffered. My pastor has once expounded that it is not good enough for us to be who we are in theory, we must be who we are in practice. So it would not be good enough for Jesus to just be the Savior, Lord, Shepherd, High Priest for humanity in theory, He had to be such in practice.
The same thing then for us. We cannot be lovers of God in theory. The Israelites could not be the people of God in theory. Abraham could not be a servant of God in theory. We have to be children of God in practice! We have to be tested and demonstrate what is really in us. Do we really love God, yet? Do we really trust Him, yet? Or will the test show that we are like those Israelites who still trusted in the things of their slavery? They who still went astray in their hearts?
We should desire to pass the test like Abraham. For because of his faith, God accounted unto Him righteousness. Abraham most definitely loved His son Isaac. And I can only imagine that this was not an easy thing for Him to do. I can only imagine that He got down on His knees and prayed with fervency and tears. But He got up in faith! He got up believing that there was nothing to hard for God! That He was able to do what He promised!
What will the test show us? What will it reveal about what is in our hearts? Are we truly in love with God? Do we truly rely on His Word? Or are there still things that are stealing away our affections?
We must come to God so that He can work it out. We must pass the test. The test is not harm us but to perfect us! All we must do is trust in Him! He is able to keep us from falling and present us faultless! He is able to give us the A+ and “Well done!” He loves us! And He wants the best of us! And He’s got our back! He wants to bless us and not curse us! He has plans to prosper us and not harm us!
Let us look to Jesus our savior and intercessor, the Author of our faith, and allow Him to bring us into perfection.