Written by Hannah Elliott

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

The Greek word “parrēsias” (Pair-Ah-sea-Ah) means an overwhelming confidence in something. In our verse, we see it used. In this context, we see it as an overwhelming confidence in our God. We are told to approach God with parrēsias always, so that when we are in a time of need we will find peace and grace easily.

Prayer. It is scary and overwhelming. But it is also peace and confidence.

We need to confidently reach out to God in prayer, asking Him to guide us in our lives. Our lives can consist of some of the simplest or the most complex things. A complex thing such as family can be hard to pray for. What do I even pray for? Who do I pray for in my family?  And so many other questions…

These are all good and acceptable questions. It isn't easy to pray for your family on your own. In the questions you ask, the main word is I. We focus on what we need, and not what God’s plan is. 

My favorite prayer to God is, "God, let me see what You see. Let me see what people are to You, who they are to You. Father, let me hear what You hear. Let me hear the cries of help You do. Let me hear people the way You do."

It is a simple, but extraordinary prayer. God will take action in your life. You will see and hear what God wants. You will be overtaken in the love God has. You will know who to pray for. It will become natural to you- God will give you the words to say.

Just approach God with parrēsias in prayer. Hop on in. You'll experience another love like no other.

“Hello, my Heavenly Father. I'm so thankful for Your love. I'm so thankful Your son died for me so that in parrēsias I can approach You at Your throne and receive Your grace and mercy to do right by my family. I pray for Your guidance. I ask that You give me Your eyes to see and Your ears to hear. Show me what I need to work on in my family. I love You so much, Thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”