By Barry J. Keurulainen
He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it (Micah 2:13 ESV).
The first time I saw The Wizard of Oz, I was stunned and sad when they finally got to the castle door, only to hear the guard say, “The wizard says, ‘Go away!’” How could this be?
Yet, in real life, everything about the temple said just that—go away. Even when the high priest entered the Holy of Holies once a year, the other priests tied a rope around his ankle. This way, if he were struck dead in the presence of God, they could drag him out without risking their own lives. Want to volunteer? The temple was a fearsome place. Then the veil was torn. When Jesus ascended through the heavens, he went before us to be with the Father.
One day, we, too, shall enter the veil fearlessly, but until then, we can come before God confidently in prayer. Do you know someone who lacks confidence to pray? Write a prayer interceding for that person.
Editor’s note: Today’s reflection is slightly adapted from the Torn Devotional Prayer Journal in CTA’s newest line of Easter products for adults.