Here is the second requirement for an open heaven and revival:
2 Chronicles 7:14 – KJV – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
It is time for us to pray as never before. Now, when I say this, I assume that whoever is reading this understands what I mean. What I have seen lately in churches is that Christians are happy just to say a prayer and not pray. Saying a prayer is not personal and most of the time is not communicating with God. It is more like what the Pharisees were guilty of:
Matthew 6:5 – NAS – “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
The art of prayer is perfected in secret. It is not a show to be put on to receive praise of men. Enter into the secret place with God and communicate with Him. If you do not know what that is like, you are in for the greatest experience that we are offered in life: To actually interact with a living God. Other religions are not offered this opportunity and we take it for granted.
This verse then tells us this: get to the point! You do not need to go through a whole list of steps to get into His presence. Just ask Him for what you need! He already knows what it is anyway. Jesus once said this to his disciples:
John 16:24 – KJV – Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
I have always liked this verse. Jesus was saying, “Come on, boys. You are not asking for enough. You have not even scratched the surface of what I can do for you. So, come on, make my day!”
I think sometimes our joy is not full because we are not asking for enough. We need to follow the admonition of Jesus and come to Him with our list of what we need. Put in your order!
So, if we desire an open heaven, it is time for us to go into our closets and ask God to dump His power on us. Continue asking until you see Him grant signs and wonders to confirm your words. Do not settle for something less just because you have never seen signs and wonders. You may think that you have seen it all and this is all God will do for us. Let me be the first to tell you that we have not asked “anything” in His name yet. He can do more than you can imagine, and the cool thing is, He wants to do it more than you want Him to. God wants to show up and show off, but He will not come unless He is invited. Let’s go into our closet and invite Him into our hearts, our lives, and our ministries.
Ephesians 3:20 – KJV – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
- When Prayer Gets Personal (blackchristiannews.com)