For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One Who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.
Jesus walked the same paths that we walk. He climbed the mountains of temptation and trudged through the valleys of weariness and frustration and loneliness. He was constantly surrounded by people who wanted something from Him but had little or nothing to give Him to relieve the pressures from every side. He dealt with adversaries on a daily basis. The ones that should have recognized Him and welcomed Him were instead, the ones that plotted against Him.
He knew their plans for Him yet continued to offer them the opportunity to accept His gift of salvation. He taught His disciples from His heart. He gave them everything they would need to change their world, yet they were slow to learn and busy trying to be the greatest.
He fled to His Father frequently to replenish His supply of spiritual and emotional strength. He withdrew to be alone with His Father. He knew He would be welcomed in His Father’s presence. He knew He was loved by the Father just as we are loved by the Father and His Son and the Holy Spirit. He knew he could come boldly to His father and be received with joy. We, too, can come boldly into our Father’s presence because we have a High Priest who stands interceding for us. Jesus understands how we feel. He understands what it feels like to be at the end of our rope. He knows what it feels like to be betrayed by friends. He understands the confusion when our family fails us or doesn’t support us in our times of need.
He has dealt with all the emotions we feel. He was furious with the religious leaders. He wept when His friend died. He sweat blood when He faced His final trial. He grew frustrated with the disciples when they just couldn’t get it. He rejoiced when Peter recognized Him as the true Son of God.
We need not fear bringing our prayers and petitions before the throne. Hebrews 3:13 tells us that nothing is hidden from God’s sight. He already knows what we have done or not done. He is already aware of all our joys and trials and dreams. Come boldly, therefore, to the throne of grace. He is waiting with arms open wide. Boundless mercy and unending grace await us there.