To have an “open heaven” is a statement from Scripture indicating the condition when God’s presence and power are readily accessible to us. The Scriptures indicate there are times when the heavens are “open” and times when they are not. There are things we can do to cause God’s presence and blessing to be upon us. The following are three keys to an “open heaven”.
KEY ONE: Heavens open while we pray. A very interesting insight comes from the account of Jesus’ baptism. “When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22
Note it was “while He prayed” that the heaven opened. Prayer opens the heavens. Prayer clears the atmosphere above us. Prayer links us with the God of all power. Prayer is an essential key to experiencing the favor and blessing of God’s countenance upon us, as His presence is opened up to us.
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KEY TWO: Beyond that, there is a certain “kind” of prayer that prompts God to rend open the heavens for us. Heavens open when we cry out in distress. God hears and opens the heavens when we pray DESPERATE prayers.
“Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! … For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him. Isa 64:1,4
“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears…. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.” Ps 18:6,9,10
KEY THREE: Heaven draws near when we are humble and repentant. The Isaiah Scripture quoted above goes on to say:
“You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned– in these ways we continue; and we need to be saved. But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities.” Isa 64:5-7
The acknowledging of our sins ALWAYS brings God near.
“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Ps 34:18
“For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isa 57:15
“Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool…. “But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” Isa 66:1-2
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