Image bearers of God
In Christ, you and I can enter God's presence with confidence. We can enter boldly. We do not have to enter like Esther did with the king, fearing for her life. We do not have to enter bearing a new sacrifice or our good deeds. For a long time, I was tempted away from prayer at the very times I most needed to avail myself of this access to God. I would try to clean myself up or wait to pray until I had something to offer God. But that was, first, just theologically wrong and, second, self-defeating. It is the throne of grace, which implies that we need grace. It is the place where we find mercy, not the place we avoid when we most need mercy.