Asking with Boldness
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Ephesians 3:12
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Hebrews 4:12–16
We are admonished to go forward in faith until we are thoroughly persuaded that, in fighting against all the temptations that can assail us, we shall get the upper hand by means of faith. We may glory both against life and death and despise all distresses, knowing full well that nothing is able to separate us from the love that Jesus Christ has shown us and which God his Father has also displayed toward us in his person.
It follows that our prayers must be based upon full assurance of faith. For he who thinks he will obtain anything while doubting deceives himself. We must assure ourselves by the promises of the gospel that God is ready to receive us in mercy whenever we come to him. Thereby we perceive that Paul did not say in vain that if we have faith we must not seek anything more than Jesus Christ. He must be our entire treasure.
Let us, then, fall down before the majesty of our good God, acknowledging our sins, and praying that he so makes us feel them that we hate them more and more. Yet we must not cease to be happy that he has shown himself so compassionate toward us in the person of his only Son. He is willing to draw us out of the pit of hell to give us entrance into his kingdom. He grants us the grace to come to himself in true faith and to withdraw ourselves from all worldly enticements that turn us away from him so that we may forsake all vainglory. Since we are void of all goodness in ourselves, let us seek everything we lack in him who is the true fountain of all goodness and can never be drained dry.
Let it please him to grant this grace, not only to us, but to all people.
FOR MEDITATION: Boldness and confidence in the presence of God are completely misplaced if they are not in Christ. He is the only reason we can stand before a holy God; such boldness would otherwise be sheer arrogance and the height of stupidity. An arrogant sinner who approaches God will be immediately consumed by his wrath. All that we have, we have by virtue of a saving union with Christ. Praise him for this confidence today.
Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 308). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.