Do you ever feel, during prayer, that you’re talking to the ceiling more than God? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In this sermon, Greg explains how using our imagination is not only a time honored way of praying, but the way in which God speaks to us in this world.
Is prayer challenging for you? It can be very challenging when we don’t see the results, because it can feel like we’re having a boring monologue. It can also be difficult to continue praying when we don’t see the results of our prayers. This is why using our imagination is so important to prayer.
This is not a new age phenomenon. In the Hebrew language, the word for dream and vision is the same thing. And it meant a kind of seeing that went beyond our visual sight. Many people in the Old Testament were able to receive messages from God through using their imagination to see beyond this world.
Paul, in the New Testament, says that unbelievers have a veil over their minds. This veil blocks their view of God and Jesus. When we become believers, this veil is removed so that we can see God through our imagination. As we continue to grow in our faith, this veil is continually removed so that we can see more and more of Jesus. Yet, we don’t encounter Jesus face to face. Instead, we see through a mirror, and this mirror is our spiritual connection with God. And one of the most powerful ways to connect through this spirit is through the imagination, because there God can take form and speak to us.
The enemy wants to shut down our imagination because it will shut down our ability to gaze on God in this life. Without our imagination, we are left with the black of our eyelids and the sound of our own voice. And our prayer life would become boring, stagnant and may eventually be abandoned. Trusting that we can access the spiritual realm through our imagination will greatly increase our prayer life.
Some tips for using imagination in your prayer: Envision the people that you are praying for; imagining what they are doing and how your prayer might affect them. See a spotlight of blessing come down on them. Envision that their marriage is fixed, that their sickness is cured, and that their problems would be solved. Prayer is laboring in the spiritual realm to bring about God’s will in heaven here on Earth. Even though we aren’t certain this might happen, we can know that it’s God’s will that these things would happen. Seeing it concretely in your mind your prayer will give you energy to go after that goal. It doesn’t mean it will happen, but it will energize us to move forward in the future and brings a little bit of the Kingdom here on this Earth.
God rarely speaks in an audible voice in this world. We don’t see many flaming bushes or pillars of flame leading us around. However, within our imagination, we can hear God’s voice. We can use this spiritual gift from God to allow us to lift the veil and communicate with God. And we are commanded by God to do just this! God wants to speak with us, to hear our thoughts and see our visions and change them right before our eyes. It’s not always the same way, but each time God will listen and speak to us. The creator of the Universe will talk with us as Jesus in our prayers.
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