“And as He was praying, heaven was opened.”Luke 3:21b
When my phone rings and I see it is one of my kids calling from college, I put everything else on hold if possible because talking to them takes priority. Did you notice the first thing Jesus did after being baptized? He walked out of the Jordan River and went to His Father in prayer. You can almost imagine all of heaven going silent as the Son communicated with His “Abba.”
These five words, “And as He was praying,” can be easily overlooked in this baptism story. Yet they are crucial. The Father longs to be in relationship with His Son as well as the Son with the Father. Throughout the Gospels, prayer is the means by which Jesus lives in intimacy with the most important person in His life.
For those who have been baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the door to heaven has opened wide for you. Call out to the Father who is longing to hear from you. It doesn’t matter if your call is coming from a prison cell, a dorm room, an office cubicle, a back alley. He will answer you, His precious child.
“‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” (Jeremiah 33:3)