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8th July 2022


Open Heaven

Wherever Jesus is there is an open heaven. Jesus is present in heaven through His person & in His people through His Spirit.
Heaven is manifest where the will of God & Kingdom of God are fully expressed.
Heaven via the Kingdom of God has come, is coming & will come to this earth.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray for heaven to come on this earth.
He also taught them how to release it on the earth through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus desires to do the same through you & through me.
Heaven touches earth through Christ in you & in me.
We are to seek it through prayer & see it demonstrated through our lives.


In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:9-11

But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Matthew 12:28

But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Luke 11:20


Jesus taught His disciples to pray for heaven to come on this earth.
He also taught them how to release it on the earth through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus desires to do the same through you & through me. He operates now through His body upon the earth – His people.
Anointed & authorised by Christ we are to operate in the Spirit through prayer, proclamation & practical & power demonstrations.

Praying for heaven & the Kingdom to come on this earth as the Father’s will gets done.
The model kingdom prayer provides us with a framework for prayer.
Praise, Provision, Pardon (forgiveness), Pathways (guidance), Protection
Prayer makes a difference to people (including us), places & the planet as it cry’s out to Father to send heaven here to the earth.
Prayer is one of the ways we help to bring heaven to this earth.
Without prayer we go nowhere but prayer alone is not enough.
Prayer must be combined with practical, dynamic & powerful actions.

The second way we help bring heaven to the earth is through proclaiming the gospel of Christ & the kingdom of God.

Proclaiming that Jesus is King & that salvation is found in Him alone (Acts 4:12).
Making known that salvation, healing, deliverance, justice, joy & peace are found in Christ the world’s true Lord.
Lifting Christ above all through our words.
The third way is through practical & powerful demonstrations of the kingdom (heaven) coming to this earth.
Compassionate works of service along with the wonders of salvation, healing & deliverance.
The power of God operating in marvellous & miraculous ways through His people.
May we practically & powerfully demonstrate an open heaven through prayer & proclamation combined with action.
Words, works & wonders that reveal heaven on the earth will follow as the Spirit leads, equips & empowers.
Glory be to God as His people take up their heavenly kingdom assignment.
Christ bringing heaven to this earth through you & through me.
Reviving people, transforming places, healing our land & planet & renewing society. Hallelujah!


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I praying, proclaiming & practically acting to seek & see heaven upon this earth?
  • How am I handling the tension of the now & not yet fully dynamic of the Kingdom of heaven upon this earth?
  • Meditate upon Christ bringing heaven to this earth through our prayer, proclamation & practical & power demonstrations.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your great love for me & Your amazing call upon my life,
Thank you that You have called me to prayer & equipped me for Kingdom ministry & action.
Jesus teach me to pray with power & with passion for heaven to come upon this earth,
May I like You operate in words, works & wonders that glorify God.
Holy Spirit lead me, guide me & powerfully work through me in prayer, proclamation & practical but powerful kingdom action.
So that You might bring more of heaven to this earth through me.
This I ask in, & through, Your mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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