- About MWE
s children of God, one of the greatest privileges we have is to be able to fellowship with our Heavenly Father through prayer. Our prayer lives are as vital to our well-being as the umbilical cord is to an unborn child. Our prayer lives are as important to us as a radio and a radar device is to an airplane pilot; for without them he will surely crash the vessel and destroy many lives. When we have an effective prayer life, our life experience is as if the Windows of Heaven are raised for us, as the blessings of God are poured out upon us. The objective of this writing is to provide us with some instructions on how to keep the Windows of Heaven open wide so that we walk in the presence, peace, promises, provisions, power and prosperity of the Lord.
We cannot ignore our shortcomings and areas of failure, neither can we make excuses for our sins. Time plus pressure will cause everything in us to come to the surface and most of those things will be good but some of them will be far less. When we sin, God is not pleased but, at the same time, He has allowed the circumstance that has revealed our shortcoming. What then does God expect? Repentance! He expects us to turn to Him for forgiveness and strength and a turn away from the sinful activity. When we do not, He has promised that He will not hear our prayer but when we forsake sin and surrender to the Lord, the Windows of Heaven open up to us (James 1:22-27).
These instructions were the response to the 12 Disciples asking Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). In verses 9-14, Jesus gave instructions on how to open the Windows of Heaven. In verse 15, Christ informs us that an unforgiving spirit will cause the Windows of Heaven to become shut to us. Oh how foolish it is to ask God to give us the grace we need so badly need but then to refuse to pass that same mercy along to others. When we begin our day in forgiveness and meet people already extending forgiveness to them, God promises us that the Windows of Heaven will be open to us (Matthew 5:7).
It goes without saying that some Christians have a superiority complex; they think that they are spiritually and morally better than others. This I’m better than you attitude is the first of seven things God said He hated (Proverbs 6:16-19). We can always lift ourselves up by comparing ourselves to someone else but the Scripture says that Jesus Christ is God’s standard of measurement for all Christians and all of us fall short of His glorious example (Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Peter 4:1-2). There are none better and none worse than another. None of us are loved more and none are loved less than another. As we walk in humility, realizing that we all are equal in God’s eyes, the Windows of Heaven open to us and we will enjoy God’s best for us (James 4:6).
Many offer to the Lord what appears to be worship but their hearts are far from God. Many operate as religious robots by their good morals and regular church participation. As good as these things seem to be, each is hated by God. God expects us to receive His Son as Savior, become born again and live daily as genuine worshipers of Him. The worship that pleases God is from a born again heart and motivated by the Spirit living inside of us. It is done in honesty and integrity, while permeating our thoughts, words and deeds (John 4:24). Anything less is simply cold, dead religion that makes God sick (Revelation 3:14-22). The Windows of Heaven open up to us as we love the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, walk in celebration of Him and in obedience to Him throughout life (Psalm 34:15-16).
If there has ever been a time in which we needed the Lord, we need the Lord now. Life has become both fragile and perilous with threats and destructive possibilities on every hand. We need the Lord=s guidance and favor along with every breath we take because any one breath could be our last (1 Samuel 20:3; James 4:13-14). When we mistreat one another, we actually attack the Lord and injure His body (Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 9:1-5a). Every Christian is a part of that body, therefore, when we mistreat our spouses and our brothers and sisters, we tear down ourselves. When we mistreat each other, God cuts down what we raise us and He frustrates our plans. All of this is done to get our attention, to correct our behavior and to bring us into the center of His will. In this position, in the center of God’s will, is where His abundance pours out upon us from the Windows of Heaven (Hebrews 13:1).
We need God’s favor and His choice blessings in our lives and we probably regularly pray to God for these things. God has promised us the best that heaven has to offer but He has also warned us about how we can foul up His plans for us. These selected texts that we have looked at have instructed us in how to cooperate with God in raising the Windows of Heaven to their maximum height. All we need to do is station ourselves in God’s will, which happens to be under the Windows of Heaven, and the abundance of God’s presence, peace, promises, provisions, power and prosperity will rain down upon us.