In Hebrews 10:19, our author not only states that we can enter the presence of God but that we can do so with confidence. This word could also be translated as boldness. It literally means speaking all things and thereby conveys the idea of freedom of speech or freedom to say all. Wow! Let’s take that thought in for a minute.
God is inviting us to hold nothing back when speaking to Him. What a privilege and position we have before God to be so open and frank with Him. But here’s the thing – God already knows what’s on our hearts and minds anyway. We can’t hide what we’re thinking or feeling from Him. So, let’s not pretend with God. Let’s be transparent and real. How can we truly receive help from God if we are unwilling to be absolutely honest with Him?
Far from dampening our desire to come into God’s presence, this truth and reality should inspire, motivate, and drive us into His loving arms. Without approaching God with this kind of confidence, we end up playing games with God rather than receiving the help we so desperately need.
God welcomes us always and wants us to come to Him. We may have no one in our lives that we can be totally open and honest with. But we always have God our Father! We may have very few people that we can speak about all that’s in our hearts and minds without any reservation. But we always can talk to God! This boldness or confidence before God is a dominant theme that runs throughout the entire letter (Hebrews 3:6; 4:16; 10:19,35).
Let’s recall that the recipients of this letter were really struggling. There was the very real possibility that they would cease following Jesus and return to the rituals of Old Testament system – a system that the author has said over and over again is inferior and obsolete to what Jesus has brought us. Strengthening their souls, like ours, would never happen apart from God but only with God. Distancing ourselves from Him only makes the difficult road even more so.
The only solution that sustains us through life is to partner with God. A big part of this partnership with Him involves prayer. We can enter His presence. We can do so confidently. “Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help” (Hebrews 4:16). The author is calling all believers to Holy Spirit enabled, Christ mediating boldness before our Father in Heaven.
Claim your privilege today and come into the presence of the Lord of all. This incalculable and priceless privilege should stir our hearts and spur us to pray!