I had looked forward to an intercessory prayer service at our sister church, Word of Faith Divine Worship Center in the Walnut Tree community of Walnut Cove, ever since I had been invited a month or so ago. I knew deep down it would be something I could not miss, should not miss, WOULD not miss.
And so I went, although at the last minute I had misgivings (isn’t that the way it always is?). I was tired and had battled a headache for the past two days. My hubster was going to get up a bit early to spend time with me before work. It was my daughter’s birthday. I had been running the whole afternoon and wanted to rest.
But we push through the flesh when we know that the Spirit beckons. We maneuver through the mess when the message says, “Go.”
And so I went.
One look at my spiritual sisters’ faces–first Rebecca and Amanda, then Sha and next Lydia–let me know I was in the right place at the right time. Just the five of us–the number of God’s grace–like fingers on a spiritual hand, desiring to see things done.
Our hands joined, we began in prayer in the eternal form of a circle with the Eternal One surrounding us. And thus, we began to enter in. . .into His presence, into realms of prayer that lie beyond a “Now I lay me down to sleep.”
The time came to break the circle, but not the spiritual connection–time to find a prayer corner and intercede for our brothers and sisters, our community, our town.
I could feel that precious anointing as I knelt–hands uplifted sometimes, head down on the pew other times. His presence enveloped me as music by “Shekinah Glory” flowed throughout the room. Oh, how we worshiped! Oh, how we praised! And oh, how He met us there.
I was taken into a realm of the Spirit that I hadn’t seen in a while–a place where the outside world ceases to exist for a time. In the Spirit, I saw the people of God walking down an aisle, although we were not in a building. We were walking freely, not bound, but we could only move forward, backward or to each side about three feet either way (unless we left the path).
The path was lovely. (I know our physical path may be full of trials and tribulations, but remember this was our spiritual path.) Although there were barriers to each side, these boundaries of the aisle were beautiful. I saw golden posts lining the path. And the barriers were not fences to keep us in. There were wide spaces between every golden post that we could simply walk through at any time that we wanted to leave the path. No bondage.
Yet the golden posts were there as markers to show us when we were moving too much to the left or to the right. This illustrated for me that God’s way of guiding us is beautiful and non-constricting. We have free will to go anywhere we like, although He always shows us where He would rather us go.
It seemed to be early evening as we moved confidently forward. And up ahead–oh, up ahead! The aisle opened into a wide place, a spacious area. It was as if you were walking up the aisle at a large church and reached the altar area where there is suddenly room to maneuver.
Except this was much bigger than an altar area, and as I said before, it was not in an enclosed space. The wide-open space was full of light, but I could still tell it was late in the day. There was even a purplish tinge to the entire picture. I could see no end to the vista, and the word “horizon” kept coming to me.
I knew He was letting me know that although God’s people have had freedom to move (remember it was not overly constricted in the aisle), soon we are coming to a place of expansion, a spacious place with a far-reaching horizon. I could imagine the feeling that a baby must experience when he/she reaches the end of the birth canal and is out into the open air at last with no restrictions. Or conversely, the feeling that a mother feels when the baby emerges and the pressure releases.
God’s people are coming into a spacious place. We have walked in designated paths for a long time, but the day is approaching that we will be released into a larger plane. Some restrictions are getting ready to be loosed.
A place of freedom to do as we please? God forbid. A place where moral restrictions do not apply? Absolutely not. Rather a place where God’s people will be free to move into expanded areas of ministry. Be ready to be used in ways you may not have anticipated.
As I lay with my head on the wooden pew, the feeling of peace that accompanied the beautiful picture God showed me was overwhelming. I knew that the fleshly world we inhabit might be getting ready to undergo some birth pangs, some shaking, some destruction–but that the spiritual world God’s people move in will consequently expand.
God’s ways have always been the opposite of what the world expects. We give and therefore receive. We bless those that curse us. Things that seem backward in the world’s perspective fit perfectly into God’s plan as the spirit runs the opposite course of the flesh.
Therefore, in the vision that God gave me, as the physical world seems to contract with trouble, the spiritual world we operate in will conversely expand. And remember that the day was fading as we approached our expanded territory–time is short.
When the time came to rise from our prayer corners and rejoin the circle, I pondered whether to say anything about what I saw. Sometimes you don’t blab out everything you know right away. I felt that if He wanted me to speak, He would give the confirmation in an undeniable way.
Sure enough, as my precious sister Sha to my right began to pray aloud, I had this sudden urge to lay my hand on her and speak the vision I had seen, to encourage her that God was bringing her down some narrow paths into a spacious place, with a far-reaching horizon. Before I could make a move, Sha suddenly cried out, “Expand our horizon, Lord!” And when she did, I was stunned enough to open my eyes and jerk my head toward her in amazement.
When Sha spoke out that word with force, I knew that I knew that I knew that He was confirming His Word to me. And I knew that I should share it with my sisters, and so I did eventually.
Keep moving confidently forward on the path He has placed you. Your true brothers and sisters in Christ are moving right along with you. Very soon, we will emerge into that spacious arena with the expanded horizon. And though the world roar around us, we will do His work with a freedom and power we have long dreamed of.
This is what I saw, and this is what I believe. We serve a mighty God!
(As we prayed, this prophetic message played from a Shekinah Glory CD. It is entitled simply “Prophetic Release.” I could only find it on YouTube as a video posted by a church whose mime group performed to it. The mime routine is powerful; it begins after a Scripture reading by a church leader, so hang on and wait for it.)