They are such simple words: “Thank you” and “I’m sorry.”
God has always longed to hear these simple, yet precious, words from His people. In Leviticus, we see that God provided a way for the people of Israel to come to Him. He provided a way for them to say both “Thank you” and “I’m sorry.” God prescribed a system of sacrifice and He provided a priest, Aaron, for the people of Israel.
“Moses said to Aaron, “Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and the people; sacrifice the offering that is for the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.”” (Leviticus 9:7, NIV)
Today we can go directly to God with “Thank you” and “I’m sorry.” Because Jesus has made the way for us. Our high priest is Jesus, the Son of God, interceding for us from heaven.
“Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” (Hebrews 4:14, NIV)
Today, because of Jesus, we can pray to Him boldly and with confidence. We can worship Him anytime, anywhere. We can make a confession to Him in a dark, quiet bedroom, or in a park, or in a stadium.
“Let us then approach God’s 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, NIV)
Today I pray Hebrews 4:16, confidently saying “Thank you” and “I’m sorry”:
Dear Lord, I come boldly with confidence to Your throne. Thank you for sending Your Son so that I may have a personal relationship with You. You are merciful and gracious. I’m sorry for my sin. Give me strength to resist temptation. I need your help. Amen.