Is there an excitement, an anticipation in our lives about wanting to go to heaven? In the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, kids buy candy bars hoping to get one with a golden ticket inside so they could go take the factory tour. Oh to have a ticket to the ultimate place, heaven. How much would that be worth to you? It should be desired above anything available to us on this earth! And, why are we not more engaged in prayer to an awesome giver? James 1:17 - for every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow
Consider 3 challenges to why we don't pray more: One of the challenges is that God is invisible. As such, there could be a tendency to think He’s not real. So if He seems far away, so does heaven. Secondly, doubt may be a problem. Is it really possible for someone like me to go to heaven? But maybe the biggest problem is our affluence. We’re too satisfied with our life here and what it affords us.
Despite our doubts, Hebrews 4:16 tells us to draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. We have a great high priest in heaven who is able to save all those who draw near to Him. He ever lives to make intercession for us.
In Rev. 7:9-17 we have probably the clearest picture of heaven in the NT. There will be no need to be compelled to worship in heaven, it will be natural. The struggles we may have here to get ourselves going will be gone. We’re going to want to like never before. Heaven is a close, intimate, joyful, unending blissful place, with our highest ultimate feelings on earth greatly magnified.
Psalm 16:11, You will make know to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right had there are pleasures forever. Psalm 23: the Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. Do we realize how great that is? We shall never want for anything. It’s always ideal, all the time, forever. So why jeopardize that with wrong decisions here? Why would you not do whatever it took here to ensure your place there, no matter the sacrifice? How do we secure those benefits?
We make whatever changes we need to, now. The word repentance is repeated over and over in the book of Revelation - a change of mind leading to a change of our actions to mold ourselves to His likeness. Rom 6:3-5, it is through repentance and baptism that our sins are forgiven and that change process begins. Submit yourself today.