For those who lived during the era of kingship, I imagine receiving an invitation for a hearing with the king would have conjured up all kinds of emotion. To be asked to stand before the one who could with one word bring blessing to or curse on your life could be troubling.

When I read Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need,” my mind thinks of that peasant who is coming to the palace for the first time. They have heard stories of the grandeur but now for the first time they are experiencing it for themselves. What must have been running through their minds as the entrance doors to the throne room are pushed open for them. “If only my mother could see me now!” might be their thought. I am especially drawn to consider what kind of emotion would be running through them as they make their way down the marble aisle towards the throne of the king. With each step taken is their an increase in excitement or hesitancy? Does fear enter their mind or only anticipation?

I suppose that it all depends on the reputation of the king who sits on the throne. I am reminded in Hebrews 4:16 that my King is no King Henry VIII.

Yet how often do I or you come down the prayer aisle to the throne of grace in confidence? Confidence because we know that our God is all about grace and mercy to those whom He loves. Are my steps towards the throne room of heaven filled with anticipation or with hesitancy and perhaps even fear?