The Bible is all about relationships. Firstly, it describes how our relationship with God should be, and secondly, it talks about our relationship with one another.
I discussed our relationship with God the Father a bit in this post on the Lord’s Prayer. But there is more.
Hebrews 4:16 “16 Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.”
Isn’t it amazing that God, the creator of the universe, tells us that we can come before Him with boldness? We are that important to Him. Not only can we go to Him, but we can ask Him for anything without fear or rejection or reprisal.
Esther 4:16 “16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan,
and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day:
I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king,
which [is] not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
Esther 5:1-2 KJV “1 Now it came to pass on the third day,
that Esther put on [her] royal [apparel],
and stood in the inner court of the king’s house,
over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal
throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court,
[that] she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther
the golden sceptre that [was] in his hand.
So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.”
This is a big deal. It was widely known in Jesus’ day that one did not present himself unbidden before the throne of the king. To do so, and not turn the favor of the king towards you, would put you in peril of execution.
But the King of kings and the Lord of lords beckons us to come to Him, boldly, without fear, knowing that we are not only welcome, but He very much desires our company. We can arrive suddenly and unannounced. We need not be in any way presentable. God accepts us for who and what we are with no limiting conditions. In fact, that is the only way we can go to Him. We cannot put forth a pretense because God knows our heart, who we really are.
God want a personal relationship with us, just as a father does his child. No one is more or less important than another.
God wants us to talk with Him. I don’t believe He wants us to talk at Him. I’m not big on canned prayers. The Lord’s Prayer, as we have just discussed is not something that He intended us to recite verbatim, but I believe that it is a blueprint for how our prayers are to be fashioned. He wants to hear from our hearts. He wants to walk with us and spend time with us.
God is not so lofty that He cannot relate to us. He knows our fears, our sorrows, our joys, our needs, everything about us. He wants us to know Him on that level too. We can know about Him from His word, the Bible, but we can only truly know Him by communicating with him.