Day 126 – Doorway to Heaven
On: March 6, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. [Luke 9:28-32]

We have, here, an intriguing overlap between two worlds. On the one hand, the nitty gritty familiarity of everyday life – “about 8 days”; weary and sleepy after marching up a mountain; faces, clothes. And then, an altogether different world – that face, those clothes transformed by an unseen force; long dead Bible heroes reappearing; glory radiating from Jesus. It is like stepping through a doorway to heaven, further insight into which is shared by John in the book of Revelation (1:13).

The key to experiencing these overlapping worlds? Stepping off the hamster wheel, away from the hurly burly of everyday life, and spending time with God in prayer. Only then will I start to see something of what is otherwise an unseen world. Only then will I start to see something of His glory.

It’s not surprising prayer is the hardest thing to do. Satan knows that once we get a foretaste of heaven we will: (a) want more, (b) see the limitations of the world and all it offers, and (c) recognise Satan for who he is and the tricks he plays on us.

The question I have to ask myself is pretty straight forward: Do I want a foretaste of heaven? Assuming the answer is yes, I need to get myself to a place where I can meet with God away from the distractions and attractions of this world. And it doesn’t have to be on top of a mountain.

When they became fully awake, they saw his glory

Prayer:

Father God, I long to experience more of You. I’m sorry that my actions and priorities don’t always match this desire. Forgive me and show me a place where I can meet with You and get a foretaste of heaven that I will want again and again. Amen.

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