We often treat prayer casually, as though it were something trivial. But how is it that we are even able to pray? How can sinful people have access to a holy God? On our own, we cannot. But we see in the prayer of Jesus that we are able to pray because God had a plan from eternity past to give us eternal life, and Jesus accomplished that plan by doing everything the Father sent him to do. Jesus has torn down the barrier between us and God, giving us access to him. This humbles us and frees us to see prayer not as a burden, but as a gift of grace, and to run to God in prayer with joy and gratitude.