Isn't it nice to have direct access? When you can call someone on a private line, it is easier to contact them. No human or machine is blocking your call. Direct access is convenient. When you have their "direct line", you know you are important to them.
Important or famous people often have barriers designed to keep them from the general public. There are many ways to screen calls and contacts. Sometimes through a secretary or a personal assistant. Other times, there are physical barriers like fences or walls. This observation by Tim Keller made me smile:
"The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 AM for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access." -Tim Keller
It is true, isn't it? A king is considered important, but when his child cries out for a drink, he responds as a father... not as a king.
How often do I take for granted direct access to the throne of God? We can petition him with our prayers morning, noon and night. Even in the middle of the night, He hears our cries for help and longs to instill hope in our souls.
"For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household," -Ephesians 2:18-19
We don't need to fret. We don't need to feel alone or alienated. We belong to Him and he calls us sons and daughters. We are his beloved. Prayer is a privilege. There is no secret code to unlock heaven's ears. The magnitude of being... well... God... does not keep him from wrapping us in His love. His love is tender and fierce, all at the same time.
Today, I am grateful for direct access.