Bill Crowder tells us in Our Daily Bread, "The expression 'red tape' describes the annoying way that bureaucracy prevents things from getting done.
Originally, the phrase referred to the common practice of binding official documents with red ribbon.
In the early 1800s, the term was popularized by the writings of Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle, who was protesting governmental foot-dragging.
Following the American Civil War, the problem of 'red tape' resurfaced as war veterans struggled to receive their benefits.
The term denotes frustration and disappointment because of the burdensome hurdles it erects to accomplishing goals.
Bureaucratic red tape is almost legendary, but there it's never an issue - the throne of God.
In Romans 5:2, Paul speaks of Christ, "through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand."
When our hearts are broken or our lives are troubled, there is no red tape hindering our access to God.
Jesus Christ has paved the way so that we can have access to enter boldly into the presence of the king of heaven. Heb. 4:16
Remember, when your heart is hurting, you don't have to cut through a lot of red tape to present our needs to God.
Through Christ, we have full and immediate
"Thank You, Father; that access to Your throne
has been secured for us by Jesus Christ. We
know that You will not ignore us. Thank You
for the confidence we can have that You care.
God's throne is always accessible to His children.'
Our Daily Bread
Let's pray: Father, thank You so much for giving us a clear way to Your throne of grace! Help me remember that I can always, and anywhere, speak to You of my need! Amen
My personal prayer note: Having the Heavenly prayer language the Holy Spirit gives is an asset in praying. We don’t know how to pray effectively, as our feelings may interfere.
Our quote for today: Sharon Jaynes – “Difficult times are pregnant with glory moments just waiting to be birthed in the lives of those willing to labor through the pain. The key is to not allow bitterness and anger to make our hearts infertile to God’s gifts. One way to avoid the darkening of the soul is by constant communication seasoned with thanksgiving—a continual acknowledgement of His presence.”
Our thought for today: Be someone who others can lean on until their hearts are healed and they can move on.
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