“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:14)
Matthew 27:50-51 documents the yielding up of Jesus’ spirit at the completion of the Crucifixion and the subsequent tearing of the temple veil. Before it was torn, the veil served as an entity to separate the Holy of Holies (the earthly dwelling place of God’s presence) from the rest of the temple where men dwelt (Hebrews 9:1-9). Until Christ’s death, men were separated from God by sin (Isaiah 59:1-2) and only the high priest was permitted to pass beyond the veil once each year (Exodus 30:10; Hebrews 9:7) to enter God’s presence for all of Israel and make atonement for the people. The tearing of this partition at the moment of Jesus’ death proved that His blood was a sufficient sacrifice to cover the cost of sin forevermore and signified that the Holy of Holies was open for all people, for all time.
Thousands of years after Jesus’ death, many of us still carry on the tradition of the veil as we allow fear and misinformation to separate us from God. One way in particular that we fail to take advantage of the relationship with Him that Christ’s sacrifice afforded us is by being afraid to communicate our deepest desires to Him. We hold back, certain that Someone so great could care less about our trivial requests. This couldn’t be further from the truth! God delights in our unrestricted communion with Him and wishes we would have the courage to approach Him, with everything, without intimidation.
Today, let’s aim to become bolder communicators who don’t leave anything to fate, rather address EVERYTHING in prayer. We serve a God who we can ask for ANYTHING – Someone who has so much consideration for us that He will respond to even our most audacious requests with a “yes.”