One of my favorite passages in all of scripture speaks deeply, truly to me of the matter of faith and doubt and honesty before God…
As we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4.14-16; my emphasis)
As I interpret this text, Jesus, through his life and death and resurrection, stands in God’s presence and, knowing our lives, knowing us, is our eternal Sympathizer.
Moreover, for me, more wonderfully, the word “boldness” (in some English translations, “confidence”) is taken from the Greek parresias, which literally means, “speaking freely, openly” or, even more evocatively, “saying everything” (meaning, withholding nothing).
In this, I find the greatest comfort. Because of the eternally-efficacious saving work of Jesus, we can come to God not with (that is, even without) the right words, so to pray saying what we think we must, ought, or should say. Rather, we can come to God with all that we are – our faith and our doubt, our courage and our fear, our praise and our anger (even at or with God) – saying everything, speaking the honest-to-God truth of our minds and hearts, our souls and spirits.
For this, I say, “Thank you, Jesus!” and “Thanks be to God!”