Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
Jacob’s deceit forced him to run like a fugitive in order to escape the wrath of Esau, the brother he had wronged. Jacob left everything and started his journey to a new land and to a new life. On his first night away from home, Jacob slept on the ground using a stone as a pillow. That night he dreamt there was a ladder set up on earth and it reached all the way to heaven with angels “ascending and descending on it.” In the dream, God promised Jacob land and children that would be as numerous “as the dust on the earth.” Today’s passage describes his emotions when he woke up. He named the place, Bethel (house of God) and described the place as the “gate of heaven.”
“Gate of heaven.” I love that! I believe it is a great description to characterize prayer—talking with God. Through Jesus, we have access to God all the way from heaven to earth. As believers, we are the house of God. His spirit lives within us. Anytime, and at anyplace, the gate of heaven is open for conversation and interaction with the living God. Let’s live with the understanding and mindset that because of Jesus the gate of heaven is wide open to enjoy a growing relationship with the Father.
- Ask God to help you develop a mindset where the gate of heaven is always open and your conversation is ongoing with the Father. Tell him your desire to be in constant communication with him.
- Ask God to help you teach your children from early on that the gate of heaven is always open for them.
And…keep entering the gate throughout the day.
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