Today’s devotional is adapted from Christine Caine’s new book, How Did I Get Here?
Prayer is a privilege. An honour. A delight. Talking to and listening to our heavenly Father, with nothing and no one standing between us, is something we get to do.
Having grown up in a world where I failed to realize that I could talk straight to God, that nothing could separate me from the presence of God (Rom. 8:31–39), this was astounding to me. I had no idea that when Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple was “torn in two” (Matt. 27:51), much less what it meant.
Later, I learned the veil was a curtain in the temple separating the people from the Holy of Holies, where the earthly presence of God dwelt. Right after Jesus’ death, it literally split from top to bottom, meaning that any and all go-betweens, like Old Testament priests, New Testament religious leaders, even the priests I had grown up learning from and listening to, were no longer necessary for me to talk to God.
Do you realize what this means for you and me today? As children of God, we can run to the very throne of God. The writer of Hebrews said, “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” (4:16, NIV).
That means we have access! Like a full backstage pass. The God of the universe, the One who flung the stars into the sky, the One who spoke it all into existence, the One who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present, has given us access to be with Him, any time of the day or night. Because He wants to be with us! Connected to us. We literally have an open invitation to run to the throne room, full of confidence that God wants to hear what we have to say. There is nothing — no mistake, no past, no sin, no person, no shame — that can block our access to God.
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