Prayer For A Heavenly Vision
You Can See Visions! They Are a Pathway to God
Jesus saw visions all the time. He only did what He saw His Father doing (Jn. 5:19, 20; 8:38). I want to imitate Jesus. But before I could live that way, I needed first to learn how to become a seer. Daniel simply said, “I looked,” and he saw (Dan.
7:2, 9, 13)! However, for many years, I didn’t look and so I didn’t see. Finally I reclaimed the use of my visionary capacity and now I, too, can simply quiet myself in the Lord's presence, look, and see the visions of Almighty God.
I am a seer because I have become a “looker.”
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“Since I have been using it, my quiet times have changed. I am seeing more vision and a whole new experience is taking place!”
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How I See Visions
Here are the steps I took that allowed me to see visions from Almighty God:
- I repented for my sin of not presenting the eyes of my heart to God and looking, and began presenting the eyes of my heart to the Lord and looking for visions.
- I use my godly imagination to picture a Gospel scene as I read it. This is something most people do, and imagining is a part of Biblical meditation (Josh. 1:8).
- Then I ask the Holy Spirit to give me a vision (Eph. 1:17,18) as I place myself in the scene with Jesus, and tune to flowing pictures to see what He wants to show me.
- The scene comes alive through the life of the Holy Spirit and I watch a flow of images, which biblically speaking is called a vision. So I have stepped from a godly imagination into a vision.
- I record the vision (as the prophets in the Bible did, e.g. Rev. 1:9-11) and have it confirmed by my spiritual advisors (Prov. 11:14; 2 Cor. 13:1 ). This affirms it really is a vision from God, and I am not running in vain (Gal. 2:2).
- I believe John used godly imagination in Revelation 4:1 as he painted a picture of a door in the sky, and the next verse says that the Holy Spirit took over and led him into the throne room of God where he stepped into a vision which continues for 19 chapters. Notice that the door was actually the final scene of his previous vision (Rev. 3:20). So when he wanted a new vision, he looked (Rev. 4:1) and held up a previous scene, and allowed the Holy Spirit to take it over (Rev. 4:2)! He stepped from a godly imagination into a divine vision.
- Since the Bible encourages us by telling us the stories of those who have gone before and had their own encounters with the living God, you can do exactly what John did in Revelation 4:1, 2. You can hold up a scene (godly imagination), and ask the Holy Spirit to take it over (Eph. 4:1,2), and it can and will flow into an extended vision. Try it! You will it! I sure do. I do it all the time!
What Are the Faces of Jesus?
It is interesting that when I began seeing visions, I did not see the face of Jesus. I only saw His form from the shoulders on down. Others have testified to the same experience.
It is also interesting that Jesus’ facial features are never described in the Gospels. Perhaps this is because He has as many faces as He has names, and He becomes all things to all people so we see different parts of Him at different times.
The Bible does make it clear that we see through a glass dimly (1 Cor. 13:12).However, many of us do begin seeing Jesus’ face after using vision for awhile. I first saw two eyes full of laughter. Then I saw a big smile on His face. He was laughing and having such a good time. And that is most often how I see Him. He tells me to lighten up and laugh along with Him. So I do!
How about if you post a response to this blog, and share with us what Jesus’ face looks when you see it. Let’s learn from one another. It will be fun.
The Different Ways I See Jesus (Heb. 12:1-2)
In my everyday life: I look to see Him present with me. He is, and He is doing things. So I simply look to see where He is and what He is doing. When I am driving, He is seated next to me in the car.
When I am jogging, He is at my right side. When I am counseling, He is often standing with His hands on the counselee’s shoulders.
When I am preaching, He is sitting on the edge of the stage, with His legs crossed and a big smile on His face, saying, “Go get them, Mark.”
During worship: I look at the throne room in heaven, and I join with those gathered before the throne in worship to the King, and I worship along with them, doing what I see them doing (Rev. 5:13). This could be dancing, clapping, kneeling, bowing low, arms outstretched in worship, etc.
During prayer: I see Him next to me. We are talking together. He is listening and responding. He is peaceful. Nothing shakes Him. He is in control of all. He is Almighty God, Who rules!
How I don’t see Jesus: I don’t ever picture Jesus on the cross as I come to Him, because He is not there. That horrific point of history is exactly that, a point of history, full of tremendous pain and suffering.
It is not where Jesus currently is and it is not a comfortable place for two lovers to share love (which is what prayer is). When I come to Jesus, one of the four keys is “stillness,” so to be in extreme discomfort is disquieting, and thus counter-productive to me “becoming still.
” So I normally will not picture Jesus on the cross when I come to Him in prayer.
Having said that, there have been a couple of times when the Lord was asking me to die to self, He has reminded me of His death on the cross and asked me to also lay down my life, even as He did, and to die to self. Sometimes images of death on the cross will flash across my mind in these specific circumstances.
Listening to God Is a Key in Your Pathway to God
In addition to seeing vision, we can also hear God’s voice. Jesus did. “I speak the things my Father has taught me” (Jn. 5:30). Jesus also said, “My sheep hear My voice” (Jn. 10:27). So it is clear we are to live the voice of Jesus and the Father. His voice sounds spontaneous thoughts which light upon you, particularly when your eyes are fixed on Jesus (Heb. 12:1, 2).
So I have learned in my morning devotions to do what these prophets did (Hab. 2:1-2 & Rev. 1:9-11):
- Quiet myself down;
- Fix my eyes on Jesus;
- Tune to spontaneity (i.e. flowing thoughts, since the flow within is the Holy Spirit – Jn. 7:37-39);
- And write or journal (two-way journaling) as I record God’s conversations with me.
This Is How You Can Have Heart Faith!
You will discover that heart faith (Rom. 10:9) bubbles forth as you hear God’s voice (Gen. 12:1-2), see His visions (Gen. 15: 1,5, 6) and incubate that within the other three senses of your heart.
Resources for Interpreting Dreams (Visions of the Night)
God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in bed. He whispers in their ear and terrifies them with His warning. He causes them to change their minds; He keeps them from pride (Job 33:14-17 NLT).
Lord, Release us from Ourselves and Bring us on a High Mountain to See the Vision!
We need to have a heavenly vision that governs us, directs us, encourages us, and takes us on with the Lord, making us one with Him for His purpose.
In order for us to have a heavenly vision from God we need to pray – we need to open to the Lord in prayer, asking Him to bring us on a high and great mountain, and we need to pray that He would release us from anything that preoccupies us.
How can we see a clear vision of what’s on God’s heart if we are preoccupied with ourselves, if we are full of knowledge and doctrines, and we have no space for God’s speaking? We need to ask the Lord to, first of all, bring us away from any situation and mood and feeling – away and high on a mountain, as the Apostle John was brought by the Spirit to see the holy city (Rev. 21:9-10).
We need to ask the Lord to release us from ourselves, bringing us our own experiences, our learning, and our past attainments, all of which can hinder us from seeing something fresh of the heavenly vision. We need to be lifted up by the Lord to a new realm, an elevated sphere, a place that we have never been or reached before, where we can have a transcendent view of the glorious vision of God.
From His side, God wants to reveal many things to us, and He wants us to have a heavenly vision that will cause us to live one with Him for His purpose. On our side, we need to prepare ourselves by opening to Him in prayer, emptying ourselves before Him and removing any veils from our eyes that His light may shine and we may see the heavenly vision clearly.
All the saints in all the local churches need to see the heavenly vision. When we speak to one another, we should not speak mere teachings or doctrines we read in books or in the Bible, but speak from a vision and with a vision that we have seen under the shining of God’s light.When we come to God’s word in the divine light with the confessing of our sins and the application of the blood of Christ, Christ has a way to shine on the revelation in the holy Word and cause this revelation to become a vision to us.
Lord Jesus, release us from ourselves. Bring us our own experiences, learning, and past attainments. We want to cooperate with You to be unveiled, unloaded, and emptied that we may see the heavenly vision. Lord, bring us on a high mountain in spirit. Bring us into an elevated sphere that we have never reached before so that we may have a transcendent view of the glorious vision of God!
Being Brought to a High Mountain and Ourselves to See the Heavenly Vision
Rev. 21:10 And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down heaven from God.
We should not be content with what we have seen of the heavenly vision but seek the Lord earnestly that He may unveil us further, empty us deeper, and unload us from anything that we think we know and may hinder the further seeing.
God the Father is the source, He gives the vision, but if we don’t cooperate with Him on our part, we may restrict the coming and the seeing of the vision. When we pray to open and be unloaded before the Lord, asking Him to bring us in spirit on a high mountain and our own past experiences, learning, and attainments, we admit:
Lord, we are nothing, we have nothing, we can do nothing, and we are NOT. Lord, we don’t trust in our mind, we don’t trust our intelligence or intellect, we don’t trust in our feelings, and we don’t want to hold any partial knowledge from the past.
The Apostle John was experienced in the Lord when he was about to see the New Jerusalem, and yet he needed to be brought somewhere high on a mountain (not in the wilderness, where he saw the great Babylon) in spirit!
The view from the plain is not adequate; the view from where we are right now is not high enough – we cannot see the heavenly vision from where we are right now. We need to be brought to an elevated sphere and realm, a place we have never reached before, a place from where we can have a transcendent view of the glorious vision of God.
I was touched by brother Lee’s sharing on this, with his prayer still ringing in my ears and resounding in my heart with a deep Amen,How I wish that every brother and sister would have such an attitude and desire and that we would tell the Lord, “I want to be released and carried away from myself. I want to be freed not only from my wicked sins but also from my good, spiritual experiences.
Although I have had many attainments already, I want to see a vision that is higher, greater, deeper, richer, and more far-reaching and transcendent.
” May God have mercy on every one of us that we would be rescued and carried away from ourselves to a transcendent position that we may have a transcendent view, a far-reaching sight, to see through all things so that we may see the glorious vision of God. (The Vision of the Building of the Church, pp. 8-9)
We All Need to See the Heavenly Vision and Speak Heavenly Visions to Others
Coming to the Bible in a routine way to merely do our Bible reading is not enough. Reading the Bible sequentially without touching the Lord will not do it. We need to come to the word of God, His speaking to us, by coming to God through the exercise of our spirit.
We need to come into God’s light, confess our sins, and apply the precious blood of Christ to be cleansed and pure in heart. When we read the Bible we need to pray-read the word of God, mixing the word with our prayer with the exercise of our spirit and a strong AMEN! to God’s speaking.
As we pray-read the word of God, we will receive a divine revelation, and the Spirit will shine over the revelation to make it a vision to us.
We need to ask the Lord for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him (Eph. 1:17) and be under His light so that the revelation we receive from God’s word would become a vision to us.
As we turn our heart to the Lord and remove any blockages between us and Him, the veil is taken away (2 Cor. 3:16), and we can see the Lord face to face in His word. Then, we can ask the Lord to enlighten the eyes of our heart that we may see the divine revelation, and He will shine on us to cause the revelation we see become a vision to us.
Ezekiel saw visions of God: he saw the four living creatures, God’s throne, the move of God, and so many things; therefore, he conveyed these visions to others, and these visions governed his life (see Ezek. 1).
As believers in Christ we shouldn’t merely speak doctrines or “Bible teachings” to others but we should have a heavenly vision and convey heavenly visions to others.When we come together to enjoy the Lord, when we meet one another, and even when we meet with non-believing friends, we should not minister theories, doctrines, concepts, spiritual opinions, or “systematized theology” but a vision from the open heavens (see 2 Tim. 2:2, 15, 25; 1 John 1:1-3; Rev. 1:11a).
Every believer needs to see the heavenly vision by coming to the word of God in a fresh, new, and living way with the exercise of his spirit, and when he speaks, the heavenly vision will be conveyed to others also. May the Lord save us from having mere spiritual knowledge by reading the word of God.
May we simply clear the way and open as wide as we can for the Lord to bring us into and under the heavenly vision, and may we speak from the heavenly vision conveying this vision to others also! Oh, may a clear, controlling vision of God’s economy direct our heart, and may everything we say be governed by this vision to convey this vision!
Lord, save us from having mere knowledge by reading the Word of God and the ministry opening up the word of God. May we exercise our spirit and cooperate with You to remove any veil and obstacle to the divine light.
We want to come to Your word through the exercise of our spirit to be unveiled, shined on, and filled with the heavenly vision. Lord, unveil us, unload us, and empty us from anything that would obstruct the seeing of the vision.
May our speaking be filled with the heavenly vision to bring others also into a clear vision of Your economy!
References and Hymns on this Topic
- Inspiration: the Word of God, my Christian experience, bro. Ron Kangas’ sharing in the message for this week, and portions from, The Vision of the Building of the Church (pp.
8-9), as quoted in, the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, The Heavenly Vision, week 1 / msg 1, The Governing and Controlling Vision—the Vision of God’s Economy (you can buy this morning revival book here).
- Recommended further reading: chs. 1-6 in, Elders’ Training, Book 2: The Vision of the Lord’s Recovery (by W. Lee).
- Hymns on this topic:
# Savior, lead me up the mountain, / Where the Lord alone is seen, / Where we hear the voice from heaven, / Where the air is pure and clean. / Lead me higher up the mountain, / Give me fellowship with Thee; / In Thy light I see the fountain, / And the blood it cleanses me.
# Our eyes have seen the vision: / The goal is now in view, / Christ has defeated Satan, / And sin and death are through. / The way is cut and open, / The paths are all made straight; / We’ve heard the call: Come forward! / We’ve laid aside each weight.
# Glorious vision, I have seen it: My life is meant for God’s economy! / Earthly bondage, I have left it: My heart outpours for the Lord’s recovery! / Divine Trinity, Divine dispensing: Christ to be life as Spirit real is He; / Churches of God, Body of Christ, New Jerusalem—how I long to see. (song on The Glorious Vision)