This quarter were so excited to have our prayer room up and running, with a different approach in our strategy. Right now, we have a smaller number of staff and students than usual, but we’re not allowing those odds to come against us in our times of prayer corporately and individually. We feel challenged to pray weekly into worldwide persecution of Christians and finances specially for our base. We also will be incorporating a strong focus on worship in our prayer room to remember all that God has done, is doing, and will do. This perspective reminds us of His character, and encourages us to see things unfold the way He wants! and He wants to see heaven come to earth.
If we’re people that are truly about seeing heaven come to earth, we are in desperate need of a perspective beyond ourselves. We’re in need of an expectant and hope-filled perspective that will go against the grain of our world’s eyes. A perspective that will “look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen” (2 Corinthians 4:18a). A perspective that will have faith to see redemption in all things, victory in the face of great opposition, and persevere when our flesh is itching to give up.
Paul reminds us that God has “raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6) and has given us an all access pass to “draw near to the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16). This means, God has allowed us, or yet, invited us to sit with Him in close fellowship and ask Him for His perspective on different tragedies in the world, family troubles or trials, or even that one friend that we’re needing an extra dose of patience for. Not only that, but He is wanting us to “set [our] minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). He is longing to freely hand us His perspective and wants us to partner with Him in having His will unfold for our lives and bringing heaven to earth.
As simple put by Jim Stier, an international Youth With a Mission speaker, “if we want to see heaven come to earth, we have to be willing to spend time in heaven while we are still here on earth.”
By Courtney Binda