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).
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We praise You that Your reign has no geographic boundaries or cultural limits (Psalm 22:28). You sit upon Your throne ruling and directing all the nations, despite their exalted view of their own wisdom (Psalm 47:8). Thank You that indeed one day You will be exalted in all the earth and that Truth will one day be returned to preeminence (Psalm 46:10).
Lord, I waiver between worrying about our country and ignoring our problems altogether. On the issues that I think I can change, I spout my opinion and gripe loudly about the leaders that aren’t pleasing me. On other instances, I intentionally disregard them, feeling that there is nothing I can do about it anyway.
Forgive me for both attitudes, Father. I am so caught up in my own worldview that I seldom ask for a glimpse of Your own. Reveal to me what You have stored up in the heavenlies for our nation. Show me what is already bound in the heavenlies that I should be binding on earth (Matthew 18:18).
I lay my motives bare before You. You know my weaknesses. You know my hidden desires. You know my areas of willingness and as well as those of stubbornness. Although I claim to be praying the “if My people will pray” verse, I admit to You that I often don’t really want to turn my back on my own secret sins in order to fulfill my part of the promise (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Make me willing to be willing, Lord. Come fulfill Your purpose within me, so that I can pray with authority for our country (Matthew 6:10). Focus my mind of the things of the Spirit so that the Your Life within me can marginalize the darkness around me (Romans 8:6). Be my Light (John 1:4).
Think Your thoughts through me (John 14:26). Make me a Holy Satellite Hub that finds my desires met in You. In this way, I know that my every wish for our country would be granted (Psalm 37:4-5). Radiate Your brilliant glory from the depths of all we are (Zechariah 2:5). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.