My wife is one of those creative souls — she finds stuff on Pinterest and then actually does it. I am a firm believer that we are all creative because it is an outworking of the image of God in us, but she is often especially in tune with her creativity, with the imprint of her Creator. Most recently, that has taken place in the form of an alphabet of verses.
Each letter of the alphabet has been given a corresponding verse. It was such a brilliant idea, and I loved it so much that I’m going to jump onto her creativity wagon and turn each of those verses into a blog post. The first was very obviously A:
This is a beautiful verse on prayer, a gracious look at the heart of our Redeemer, our Advocate and our Comforter. It shows us the goodness of our Father. His throne room is open and He finds delight in the requests of his children. If you lived in a real palace, and God were sitting on his throne, always available regardless of time, ready and excited to hear and answer any request you had anytime you came to chat with him, do you think you would go more often? It wouldn’t matter your mood or what you’d done. There would be no relational dependance on how you’d bombed (or succeeded) on your last test, what your work performance review read, whether you’d recently been promoted or fired, engaged or dumped, whether you’d listened to him in your “quiet time” or blamed him under your breath when things didn’t go your way. He would be there, gracious, loving, accepting.
But why would God not care about those things? Why would he listen, respond, and give in the midst of that? Because he loves you and right next to God’s throne is the Prince’s throne (who happens to be your brother since you were adopted). God isn’t simply that you have an awesome Father, but in Jesus you have the best big Brother. He goes to bat for you, anytime you fail he steps in and intercedes (Rom 8:34). Anytime you fall flat from unbelief, he leans down and helps you out of the depths of chaos (Matt 14:30-31). And when God couldn’t look at you because you were nothing more than a filthy soot-covered sinner by birth, orphaned, alone, and a violent opposer of the throne, Jesus stepped in and took our punishment. He showed us God’s grace, love, and his righteous holy burning desire for us.
How did God the Father look at His Son? No doubt full of pride and an almost sickening love and sadness at what this nobility would cost. God the Father who promised to redeem fulfills it through his Son saying, Go, redeem them, heal the broken, set free the captive. Preach forgiveness and the coming of my kingdom (Isa 61:1, Luke 4:18). And with joyous pleasure, when the time came he cast all his wrath toward sin on his Son on the cross. It wasn’t out of sadistic or hateful malice, but out of the joy that delights in your child standing up for the weak, being noble and honorable. It was out of a pleasure that His Son knew Him, His Character, and carried that character to show the whole world. And that’s the God we pray to, the Father we ask for our desires, the Brother who helps us, and even still we don’t do it alone. We ask through the courage granted us by God the Holy Spirit who indwells all who believe (Rom 8:26) so that even in our utter moments of despair and weakness, he still seeks the Father’s throne on our behalf.
So the next time you pray, ask with boldness. Seek with an awe at the gracious acceptance of God. Knock that you might hear his Godly glee at the sound of his children rushing into his throne room with joy.