SEEING THE INVISIBLE
There is always the mysterious side of prayer.
When it comes to what actually happens in the unseen spiritual realm.
As Christians we are called to see into this realm.
How much we do – or don’t, depends on the Grace we have been given individually, it depends on our measure of faith. It depends on our own dedication and faithfulness to God.
After we release our prayers – usually through inner desires communicated to The Lord Jesus, (our representative before the Heavenly Father), or that which we audibly and visibly release from our beings in a prayer meeting with others – what happens after that?
Indeed we have limited knowledge of what this ‘triggers’ in heaven.
Having released our words into the spiritual invisible realm, sending them to our advocate, – it is interesting that we often set about immediately to judge the results by what we see or don’t see in the visible realm, the natural world.
And yet the scripture says: …7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
We are told in the following scripture that Faith sees the invisible:
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
“Seeing Him who is invisible”
That about sums up the difference between the two realms – or worlds – if you like.
In fact we hold a privileged and blessed position if our faith does not depend on seeing things in the natural world – Jesus communicating to doubting Thomas says:
29 …“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
What’s it to be, are we to walk looking at the visible or the invisible?
Paul came to spiritual visions and revelations and expected more.
You and I at least need to look in the spirit – indeed, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
Prophets could often see the invisible – that’s why of course, they were referred to as ‘seers’.
Who agrees that it is a piece of cake to walk according to the visible world we live in?
Where all our senses respond to the natural.
So when we release our prayers – we are exhorted contrary to our natural senses – we are exhorted to look at the invisible to see our prayers answered.
Jesus did this consistently and into the natural came the answers.
At least we of little faith – can look into the word of God that speaks of the invisible things to see, the spiritual realities.
We must cultivate our inner life with Christ.
We need to realise that there is a seeing literally – a God-given vision with our eyes closed or open. It can be an ‘open vision’, but also it is – we must realise – our understanding that gets to see.
‘The eyes of our understanding are enlightened’. This too is seeing the invisible. But spiritual things are spiritually discerned. They are more than words on a page. They are more than some form of dead theology.
There are obvious examples from scripture of ones who needed their inner eyes enlightened so that the invisible was made visible.
What they saw remained invisible it’s just that now they could see or see into the invisible.
2 examples –
31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Elisha could already see into the invisible, now the young man received grace and help to also see what was invisible.
Any glimpse we get into the spiritual realm, helps our faith. Calling and causing us to realise that Jesus came to make the invisible father – visible. But now He calls us to see Him in the spirit.
All we can do is keep looking in prayer and into the eternal word, and be open to God according to His word, and only according to His word – granting us sight to see what the natural eyes cannot, or understand what our natural understanding cannot comprehend.
Let’s not pretend we see things, vainly puffed up by our fleshly minds – but at the same time – let us not sell ourselves short. As Christians we have this privilege bought-for-us at the cross of calvary, after which the Holy Spirit was given to lead us into all (therefore more) spiritual truth.
We are already blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places (the unseen realm) in Christ Jesus.
More Lord we pray!