For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 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. Hebrews 4:15-16
It is amazing that we have access to the throne of God. It’s amazing because of who God is and who we are: God is holy; we are sinners. Puritan Thomas Boston helps paint the corners of the Gospel for us-
Believing that however great the mercies are, and however unworthy we are, yet we may obtain them from God through Jesus Christ; Heb. iv. 15, 16. There can be no praying in faith without this. If we do not believe this, we dishonour his name, whether our unbelief of it arise from the greatness of the mercy needed, or from our own unworthiness, or both. For nothing can be beyond the reach of his infinite merit and never-failing intercession.
Seeking in prayer the mercies we need of God, for Christ’s sake accordingly. So we present our petitions ” in his name ;” John xvi. 24. We are to be ashamed before God in prayer, ashamed of ourselves, but not ashamed to beg in the name of his Son. Our holy shame respects our unworthiness; but Christ’s merit and intercession are set before us, as a ground of confidence.
However you have sinned and however far away His mercy seems, it is available. However low you feel because of your sin and rebellion and however high He seems because of His holiness, grace and mercy are available. Nothing can be beyond the reach of His infinite merit and never-failing intercession.
So don’t think that God can’t or won’t forgive you, Christian. When you think this way it dishonors Him. You are unworthy of His grace and mercy, but you can be confident before His throne because of Jesus. All you gotta do is go there and ask. It’s free!
Ashamed, but not ashamed to beg-