The Ticket to Heaven

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“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” –

Luke 13:24

I don’t fly a lot. Maybe two or three times a year. I travel light, so I rarely check baggage. Instead, I pack one carry-on small enough to fit into the overhead compartment.

When I arrive at the airport, I’m ready to go. Since I print my boarding pass at home, I immediately stand in line to go through security. The line inches forward until I reach the checkpoint. There, the TSA officer reaches for my boarding pass and ID. If I fail to have the correct documents, I’m turned away. I can’t send my carry-on through security. I can’t enter through the narrow gate.

This is likened to what Jesus says about entering heaven. “Strive to enter through the narrow gate” (Luke 13:24). Like the requirements at the airport, we each need a boarding pass. If we don’t have one, we’re turned away.

What boarding pass do we need? What is our ticket to heaven?

Jesus.

God sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the price for everything we’ve done wrong. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We’ve all sinned. We’ve all fallen short. But God provided the remedy. Jesus. Jesus paid for your sin and mine.

How? How did He pay the price?

He was beaten, pierced, and hung on the cross. He died a painful death so you and I don’t have to suffer for all eternity.

Is there more than one way to heaven?

No.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

Do you have your boarding pass? Do you have your ticket to heaven?

If not, pray with me.

Lord, I’m a sinner in need of forgiveness. I ask You to forgive me. I ask You to wash me clean. Jesus, come into my life. Please be my Savior. Please be my ticket to heaven. In Your name, amen.

5 comments on “The Ticket to Heaven

  1. What prayers do you have for all illnesses? I like your site

    • Hi, Joanie,

      Thanks for stopping by. Most of the prayers I’ve written are specific to cancer. However, as you’re praying for yourself or a loved one, feel free to change the words to fit your situation.

      I hope you’ll stop by again. If you’d like to get an email when I post a devotion or prayer, please click “follow,” which is in the lower right corner in most browsers.

      Thanks again!

  2. I enjoy reading these prayers. I am currently battling breast cancer which has gone to my spine and have been fighting for the past 5 yrs. I feel God is using me for some reason. Don’t know if its just to make other people aware or just showing how strong a person can be. I feel I’m a strong person. I have refused to even think about giving up and I guess other people are seeing that strength. Again I love these prayers..they seem to hit home and exactly how I’m feeling that day.

    • Dana, my heart goes out to you. I have two friends in a similar situation as you. God allows us to go through trials for many reasons. Often, He wants us to reach out to others or to be a testimony to His faithfulness. He is good, and yes, He is faithful.

      Thank you for your encouragement. I’m glad you found the prayers.

      How can I pray for you?

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