As Jesus was dying on the cross, Matthew says the following: “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split” (27:50-51).
As I was praying this morning, I began thinking about how we often view prayer as a duty, obligation, or discipline. We know we need to pray and we know the spiritual disciplines help draw us closer to God. But let’s face it, the word “discipline” doesn’t thrill anyone (nor does duty or obligation).
Prayer (speaking to God) should not be something we begrudge. Instead, we need to understand it is a great privilege! The temple veil once separated the people from the holy of holies (God’s presence). But Jesus’ sacrifice gives us direct access to God and now we can joyfully enter His presence as often as we would like. We must reshape our thinking about prayer and understand that speaking to the God of the universe is an awesome event, a privilege beyond compare. “Lord, thank you so much for hearing me. Help me keep developing the relationship that sin once destroyed. Help me know You more intimately.”