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I guess you’d call it a vision.

 

What I saw took place beyond the dimension of physical eyes. Amidst the clouds of heaven, One “like a Son of Man” riveted my attention. I could not see Him in His entirety, only His Head, which peered out from the heavenlies with a perspective cutting across time and space.

 

This One Who had been in the beginning with God, stood with Eyes wide-open, seeing all and knowing all, scanning heaven and earth with just a glance (John 1:2; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 139:4). All things were open and laid bare to His eyes — eyes which flamed with the brilliance of fire, in purity and light (Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 1:14).

 

Mesmerized with the radiance of His glory, I realized that He was the exact representation of His Father (Hebrews 1:3). Together, their Light penetrated the expanse, extending like a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day (Ezekiel 1:27-28). United as One, He spoke and it was accomplished (Psalm 33:9). His Word, like an arrow which is always aimed precisely and accurately on its target, never failed, regardless the purpose (Isaiah 55:11).

 

Despite my awe-inspired fear, it was His lovingkindness that extended throughout the heavenlies, not His terror. His faithfulness reached into infinity with color and brilliance (Psalm 36:5). The mountains I saw in the distance had been created through His righteousness and the clear waters of bottomless lakes swirled with His limitless plans (Psalm 36:6). His every character trait exploded into reality in this place where His perfection reigned supreme.

 

Then slowly, as if an unseen camera lens adjusted, my viewpoint panned out to expand my perspective. Breathless, I saw that this Head, Who saw all and knew all, had a body as well (Ephesians 1:22-23). Comprised of ligaments and joints, muscles and sinew, His expansive body filled not only the spiritual dimension, but spanned into my time and space. My eyes scanned His form and I realized He Himself was like Jacob’s ladder, with His feet resting on earth yet His Head reaching into the heavenlies (Genesis 28:12).

 

My gaze rested upon His feet and shocked into realization that they resembled a mere human’s. Like mine. And like yours. Yes, like those of the whole church, standing in the midst of the earthly while His Head kept His viewpoint of the heavenly.

 

There the vision ended, but how greatly it continues to influence my prayer.

 

We, who are many, are one body in Christ (Romans 12:5). He, as our Head, has positioned each of us in His body to stand as watchmen wherever He has placed us (1 Corinthians 12:18). I in my place, and you in yours, our feet know well the trials and temptations of those around us.

 

But from our stance, we send petitions for resources upward to “Christ, Who is the head…” (Ephesians 4:15 NET). “Truly, truly, I say to you, you shall see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man,” “sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation” (John 1:51; Hebrews 1:14). “Devote yourselves (then) to prayer” “for everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it shall be opened” (Colossians 4:2; Matthew 7:7).

 

(Photo courtesy of Sara Jeng Grewar. Follow her on Instagram @sarajenggrewar)

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Holy Father,

 

Thank You for Your promises. I especially appreciate knowing that have You promised not to abandon Your people (Psalm 94:14). I claim this promise on behalf of _____ and ______ today.

 

I know that things are messy in their lives right now. They feel that the love within them is cold and dead. Yet, You are both the Life and the Love (John 14:6; 1 John 4:8). You are the One Who gives Life to the dead and calls into being that which doesn’t exist at all (Romans 4:17). You are the resurrection (John 11:25). So Father, out of the deadness of their life, I ask that You make up for the years that feel eaten away (Joel 2:25).

 

Father, their strength has been weakened along the way (Psalm 102:23). Their heart and their flesh has failed (Psalm 73:26). They have cried out to You with loud tears, mad tears, hurt tears – show them the bottle into which You have saved every drop (Psalm 56:8).

 

I ask that You work within them a letting go — a relaxing — a being still that they may know that You are the One in charge. You are God (Psalm 46:10). You are the One who made them — and in the same way, You are the One that is in charge of their spiritual journey (Psalm 100:3). Lead them onto paths of righteousness for the sake of Your Name (Psalm 23:3). And don’t forget the green pastures — they really need to lie down and rest there (Psalm 23:2).

 

You have promised that when we see You, then we will become like You, full of grace and truth (1 John 3:2). _____ and _______ need to see You clearly. Transform them from the inside out. May Your Word become life to them, not just something that they read on a page (John 1:17,18). After all, it is Your Spirit who gives life, not words (John 6:63).

 

Swell up rivers of living water from within their innermost being (John 7:38) because if You don’t lead them up from this place, then they can’t move at all (Exodus 33:14). Redeem their soul in peace from the battle that is against them (Psalm 55:18).

 

Show us all the hidden value of Who You are. Yes, Lord, show us Your glory (Exodus 33:18). In Jesus’ Name I pray for this marriage, Amen.

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