Hebrews 4:16 - Pray For Mercy And Grace To Help In Time Of Need.

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) Let us then approach the 
throne of grace with confidence, so that we may 
receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time 
of need. 

Hebrews 4:16 (AMP) Let us then fearlessly 
and confidently and boldly draw near to the 
throne of grace (the throne of Gods unmerited 
favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy 
[for our failures] and find grace to help in good 
time for every need [appropriate help and 
well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. 


One Step is Enough
   Arthur Hays Sulzberger was the publisher 
of the New York Times during the Second World 
War. Because of all the world conflict, he found 
it almost impossible to sleep.  He was never 
able to set aside worries from his mind - until 
he adopted as his motto these five words, 
one step enough for me. He took it from the 
old hymn, Lead Kindly Light. 
   Lead, kindly light. 
   Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
   The distant scene; one step enough for me.
   God isnt going to let you see the 
distant scene either. So you might as well quit 
looking for it. God does promise a lamp for our 
feet, not a crystal ball into the future. We 
dont need to know what will happen tomorrow. We 
only need to know that Hebrews 4:16 promises  
we will find grace to help us when we need 
it. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 

Give Up Your Bag of Burdens
   Worry is the burlap bag of burdens.  
Its overflowing with whaddifs and 
howells. Whaddif after all my dieting, I find that 
lettuce is fattening and chocolate isnt?  Howell 
we pay our babys tuition?  Whaddifs and 
howellsthe burlap bag of worry. Cumbersome. Chunky. 
Unattractive. Scratchy.  Irritating to carry and 
impossible to give away! 
   No one wants your worries.  The truth is, 
you dont want them either. No one has to 
remind you of the high cost of anxiety, but I will 
anyway. Worry divides the mind.  It splits our 
energy between todays priorities and 
tomorrows problems.  The result is half-minded 
   Hebrews 4:16 encourages us to boldly 
approach the throne of our gracious God, where we may 
receive mercy and, in His grace, find timely 
help.  Gods help is timely!  God will do the 
right thing at the right time.  And what a 
difference that makes! [from Traveling Light by Max 
Lucado at maxlucado.com] 


Mercy means that God does not give us what 
we deserve, and grace means that He gives us 
what we do not deserve. What a loving God He is! 
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 
Wiersbe re Psa. 6] 

We need mercy every day, and God has 
provided it because His Word says that His mercy is 
new every day and His faithfulness is great and 
abundant (see Lamentations 3:23). Our sin will never 
exceed God's mercy because where sin abounds, grace 
abounds much more (see Romans 5:20). [My Time with 
God by Joyce Meyer] 


We can now find grace to help in time of 
need. What a glorious promise! Help is now 
available to carry us through life. No matter what 
confronts us"trial, trouble, tribulation, 
temptation"help is available, the very help of God Himself. 
God will pour out His marvelous grace upon 
us"all of His strength and blessings. Gods grace 
will strengthen us to walk right through the 
trial and trouble. His grace will help us conquer 
and triumph over all circumstances and 
situations. [Preachers Outline & Sermon Bible] 

Christs sympathy extends both to those 
who have surrendered to temptation, and those 
who still resist it. For our failures He has 
mercy. For our trials, He has grace to help us in 
our time of need. Whatever our situation, Jesus 
understands and cares. [Victor Bible Background 

   Through his death on the cross, our great 
High Priest, Jesus, opened access to God. Now 
people can approach God directly because of Jesus' 
sacrifice for sins. Because Jesus gave his life to do 
this for us, let us therefore come boldly to the 
throne of grace. This verse is an open invitation 
to regard God as a great ally and true friend. 
Yes, God occupies a throne, a seat of power and 
authority, but it is a throne of grace, not a throne of 
greed or domination. The term "throne of grace" 
describes the constant care and love offered to God's 
undeserving children. God's grace is a characteristic of 
his reign. "Grace" means undeserved favor. Our 
ability to approach God does not come from any merit 
of our own but depends entirely on him. 
   Believers can "come boldly" and 
confidently to this throne, for the king is our Father, 
who loves us as his children. At God's throne, 
we will not receive anger or be ignored; 
instead, we will obtain mercy and find grace to help 
in time of need. God is not only concerned with 
converting people and collecting disciples; he also 
cares and nurtures those children who are his own. 
He listens to our needs. No request is 
insignificant, and no problem is too small for the one who 
sits on the throne of grace. God will never 
reject a Christian's plea or ignore one who brings 
requests before God. When we come to God, we are 
promised "mercy," God's loving-kindness and 
forgiveness. When we come to God, we will receive 
"grace," God's undeserved favor, that will help in 
time of need. No matter what the problem, no 
matter what sin caused the need, God promises to 
help us at just the right time -- his time. This 
doesn't mean that God promises to solve every need 
the moment we come to him. Nor does it mean that 
God will erase the natural consequences of any 
sin that was committed. It does mean, however, 
that God listens, cares, and will answer in his 
perfect way, in his perfect timing. [Life 
Application Commentary] 

As our compassionate High Priest, Jesus has 
opened the way for people to enter Gods presence 
boldly, where we can obtain his mercy and grace to 
help us when we need it most. [NLT SB 2008]  

The Greek word for Approach/Draw near is 
used consistently in Hebrews to represent a 
person approaching God, which is possible only when 
ones sins are forgiven through the sacrificial 
and intercessory ministry of a high priest. The 
encouragement to draw near to Gods throne implies 
that Christians have the privilege of a personal 
relationship with God. [ESV SB 2008]  

Prayer is our approach to God, and we are to 
come "boldly." Some Christians approach God 
meekly with heads hung low, afraid to ask him to 
meet their needs. Others pray flippantly, giving 
little thought to what they say. Come with 
reverence because he is your King. But also come with 
bold assurance because he is your Father, Friend, 
and Counselor. [Life Application Commentary] 

The darkness of the evil one encloses those 
who neglect to pray. The whispered temptations 
of the enemy entice them to sin; and it is all 
because they do not make use of the privileges that 
God has given them in the divine appointment of 
prayer. Why should the sons and daughters of God be 
reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand 
of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse, where 
are treasured the boundless resources of 
Omnipotence? Without unceasing prayer and diligent 
watching we are in danger of growing careless and of 
deviating from the right path. SC94 

Let us come could be translated to indicate 
ongoing action: let us continually come. [NLT SB 


   Do not be discouraged by the difficulty 
of keeping your focus on Me. I know that your 
heart's desire is to be aware of My Presence 
continually. This is a lofty goal; you aim toward it but 
never fully achieve it in this life. Don't let 
feelings of failure weigh you down. Instead, try to 
see yourself as I see you. First of all, I am 
delighted by your deep desire to walk closely with Me 
through your life. I am pleased each time you 
initiate communication with Me. In addition, I notice 
the progress you have made since you first 
resolved to live in My Presence.  
   When you realize that your mind has 
wandered away from Me, don't be alarmed or surprised. 
You live in a world that has been rigged to 
distract you. Each time you plow your way through the 
massive distractions to communicate with Me, you 
achieve a victory. Rejoice in these tiny triumphs, 
and they will increasingly light up your days. 
(Rom. 8:33, 34; Heb. 4:14-16) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Open your mind and heart - your entire 
being - to receive My Love in full measure. So 
many of My children limp through their lives 
starved for Love, because they haven't learned the 
art of receiving. This is essentially an act of 
faith: believing that I love you with boundless, 
everlasting Love. The art of receiving is also a 
discipline: training your mind to trust Me, coming close 
to Me with confidence.  
   Remember that the evil one is the father 
of lies. Learn to recognize his deceptive 
intrusions into your thoughts. One of his favorite 
deceptions is to undermine your confidence in My 
unconditional Love. Fight back against these lies! Do not 
let them go unchallenged. Resist the devil in My 
Name, and he will slink away from you. Draw near 
to Me, and My Presence will envelop you in 
Love. (Eph. 3:16-19; John 8:44; Heb. 4:16; James 
4:7, 8) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Peace is My continual gift to you. It 
flows abundantly from My throne of grace. Just as 
the Israelites could not store up manna for the 
future but had to gather it daily, so it is with My 
Peace. The day-by-day collecting of manna kept My 
people aware of their dependence on Me. Similarly, 
I give you sufficient Peace for the present, 
when you come to me by prayer and petition with 
thanksgiving. If I gave you permanent Peace, independent 
of My Presence, you might fall into the trap of 
self-sufficiency. May that never be!  
   I have designed you to need Me moment by 
moment. As your awareness of your neediness 
increases, so does your realization of My abundant 
sufficiency. I can meet every one of your needs without 
draining My resources at all. Approach My throne of 
grace with bold confidence, receiving My Peace 
with a thankful heart. (Exo. 16:15-20; Phi. 4:6, 
7, 19; Heb. 4:16) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 




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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred