Prayer and the Open Window

open-windowC.S. Lewis once said, “If you find within yourself longings that nothing in this world can satisfy it can only mean you were made for another world.”   We truly are made for another world!  Christians live in two different realms of existence simultaneously, the natural realm (the five sensory realm), and the realm beyond the five senses (supernatural spiritual realm).

Movies and shows  that feature aspects of life beyond the natural realm are always popular.   The reason can be attributed to what Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us, God has “set eternity in our hearts,” which is the sense of a realm beyond the natural.  That spiritual dimension in us is part of the “image of God” in us (Gen 1:26)  because “God is Spirit” (Jn 4:24).

C.S. Lewis, “If you find within yourself longings that nothing in this world can satisfy it can only mean you were made for another world.”  

We often face a battle in our modern culture.  With all of it’s technological advances and scientific sophistication, culture has created an of a world without windows into the spiritual realm.  This secular worldview has damaging effects on God’s people.  The natural ends up replacing the supernatural, the physical replaces the spiritual, the temporal replaces the eternal, and people become dominated by what is seen without the influence of “what is unseen” (Heb 11:27).

If God’s people are not careful this worldview can subtly creep in and create a form of Christian Deism (a belief that if God does exist He is far removed from any active involvement in our everyday life).  

Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work. Oswald Chambers Click To Tweet

An practical example of viewing life without windows

A few years ago I had an office without any windows.  I often went to the office when it was still dark outside.  I remember times when it would be raining or foggy as I drove to the office.  As the day progressed I would assume that it was still overcast, rainy, and foggy outside.  It affecting my approach towards the day.  My emotions were overcast and any plans I considered had rain, fog, and an overcast future in them.  

Many times to my surprise when I stepped out of the building I discovered that it was actually a clear day.  My negative overcast attitude was met by a different reality of a clear, sunny, and bright day.  My previous feelings and attitudes were changed by a different reality.  Before stepping into the reality of a sunny day I had made phone calls and plans that were all affected by my perception of a rainy overcast day.  If I would only have had a window giving me insight into what was around me my plans and attitudes would have been different.  The same holds true in the spiritual realm.

If we don’t have windows into the reality of God’s presence we can become stuck in the emotions and circumstances of the natural realm immediately around us.

Looking through God’s window as we pray in faith

Heb 11:1-6  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ..6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

When we pray with Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2), we begin to see into God’s realm.  We see into His possibilities and no matter how rainy or overcast it is, we see the reality of God’s new days.

There is always a new day in Jesus 

Scripture refers to Jesus both as the “bright and morning star” and the One who gives us the “morning star.”

  • Revelation 22:16  “I, Jesus… am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
  • Revelation 2:25-29 ‘He who overcomes…(28)  and I will give him the morning star.  

In that day the morning-star was the name that Greeks assigned to the planet Venus which was the brightest object in the sky apart from the sun and moon.  It often appeared in the east leading on the morning.  It appears before the sun rises because the sun is shining on it.  In a sense it announces a new day where the sun is shining, even though it often appears at the darkest time before the dawn.  Eventhough it is dark around us a new day is already shining.

It works in a similar way in prayer.  We begin prayer with dark burdens and overcast emotions.  As we continue to look to Jesus we start to see through His window into His realm.  Then the morning star begins to rise up in us and we know that a new day, beyond the challenges of the current day, is coming.  It’s already shining. The God of possibilities begins to lead us into His new day.  Our inward posture begins to change as the “Morning Star rises up on the inside of us.

2Pe 1:19 …you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.

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