There are times where I will receive a vision while praying for myself or for others, and some friends I have also flow in visions. But the question came, how is it that you can receive these impressions from God?
You have to look. Let me explain.
While in prayer, focus on Jesus. This can be difficult at times, especially when things and circumstances around us can be in disarray. I know for myself when finances have been tight all I can think about is how much money I don´t have and the obligations that need to be met. It takes discipline to focus on Jesus and His goodness.
One verse that helps me is Ephesians 1:17 and 18 which reads: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
The part I focus on in this verse is the eyes of my understanding or the eyes of my heart. I personalize this verse, and as I do I believe that I will see while in prayer.
In 2 Kings Chapter 6, the King of Syria was not very happy with the prophet Elijah. When he arrived with his horses and chariots and surrounded the city, Gehazi, Elijah’s servant saw the army, he did not know what to do. I too would be nervous. Elijah was at peace because he was ¨seeing¨ a different scenario. Elijah asked the Lord to open his eyes that he may see, and Gehazi was able to see the mountains full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elijah.
When we see visions, it brings hope. It tells us God is at work, He is for us. He has a plan, a better future. For me, visions have sustained me in those difficult times and have given me the shot in the arm so to speak, and I keep going.
I later use these visions I have received in my prayer times, always thanking Him for what is to come, even though I may not see it. It’s called faith and standing on His promises.
The book of Revelation is written based on the visions John saw while on the Island of Patmos.
Jesus operated in visions constantly. Johns 5:19 says Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
So how so we see vision while in prayer?
- Be still, quiet yourself before the Lord, always focusing on Jesus. Not your to-do list! Sometimes soft music can help, for others, total silence works best.
- Be tuned to thoughts and impressions that pop into your mind. Have a notebook with you and be prepared to write down what you see and hear.
- Look. Ask the Lord to open the eyes of your heart, ask Him you wish to see a vision. When we ask, He will not deny us.
- Write down what you see and hear. Try not to doubt or discard what you have received. Share what you received with a mature person in the word to help you discern.
Do not be discouraged if what you received is not of God, press through and you will get there, trust me!
Think of a lake that is being stirred, and all the muck rises to the surface. One day the muck is gone, and what is left is a clear lake, ready to receive. Yes, this was one of my first visions when I began asking to ¨see¨. This vision gave me hope to continue.
As you continue this exercise, you will grow in your relationship with the Lord, and most of all, you will grow in faith, hope, and love.
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