Praying For Open Heavens
Night of Divine Encounter (NODE) 13th Edition, Day 7- Praying For Open Heavens- Join us on Friday, August 5th, 2022 for the Night of Divine Encounter between 7pm to 10pm MST. Theme- Open Heavens
Praying For Open Heavens
Today, we will be praying for open heavens. One of the things that normally cause a closed heaven is sin. 1 Kings 8:35-36 says, “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.”
According to this scripture, we realized that the cause of a closed heaven is sin.
Elijah Prayed And Closed The Heavens
There was a time that King Ahab and Jezebel, his wife, were doing abominable things before God. They were worshiping Baal idols and led the Israelites to do so. God was angry with them and He spoke through His servant, Elijah. Elijah commanded that there would be no rain in the land for some years and it was so. The famine was so severe that there was no food in the land. However, God made a provision for Elijah by sending a raven to give him food and meat.
The account in 1 Kings 17:1-6 says, “ Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.”
God Fed Elijah Supernaturally When The Heavens Was Closed
In the bible passage above, it is worthy of note that, despite the fact that there was scarcity of food in the land, God made a provision for Elijah. The heavens were closed to others, but the heavens were opened to Elijah. God made a daily supply of food and water for Elijah. When there was nobody to send, God sent a bird to bring the food to Elijah. It means God can use anything.
Later, when the brook was dry, God had to send Elijah to a widow. She was about to eat her last meal, but God blessed the meal and it lasted throughout the famine. The power of God came powerfully on that widow’s jar of oil and it never run dry. Also, the flour did not finish throughout the famine. When God opens the heavens unto you, you will not lack any good thing. There might be a closed heavens on the sinners but at the same time, God will open the heavens to the righteous.
God Opened The Heavens Over The Land Again
Eventually, when God was ready to open the heavens over that land again, God used Elijah to open the heavens. Elijah had to pray fervently until the heavens opened. He had to send the servant to go and check for about seven times while he prayed, before the heaven eventually opened. This incident was later captured in the Book of James. James 5:17-18 says, “Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”
As we conclude the seven days fasting and prayers for open heavens, I pray that the same God that answered Elijah will answer us in Jesus’ name.
- Father, I thank you for blessing me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
2. Father, I pray that if you have closed my heavens in any area of my life as a result of sin, I pray for the grace to turn away from that sin and turn to God. I pray that you will forgive my sins today and heal my land in Jesus’ name. ≈
1 Kings 8:35-36
“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, 36 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.
3. Father, I pray that the Lord will open the heavens and the storehouse of his bounty. Lord, I pray that you will send rain on my land in season and you will bless the works of my hands in Jesus’ name.
The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
4. Father, I pray that you will answer my prayers today just like you answered the prayers of Elijah. I pray that the heavens will open unto me today in Jesus’ name.
“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”
5. Father, I pray that you will close the heaven over all the wicked and the evil doers in this land. I pray that they will not be able to perform their enterprise over my life in Jesus’ name
1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite was a prophet from the settlers in Gilead. “I serve the Lord, the God of Israel,” Elijah said to Ahab. “As surely as the Lord lives, no rain or dew will fall during the next few years unless I command it.”
6. Father, I pray that you will speak your Word into my life and you will take care of me in an unusual way in Jesus’ name. Lord, I pray that you will send your provision to me in the way I least expect
1 Kings 17:2-4
Then the Lord spoke his word to Elijah: “Leave this place and go east and hide near Kerith Ravine east of the Jordan River. You may drink from the stream, and I have commanded ravens to bring you food there.”
7. Father, I pray that you will give me divine instructions and take care of me even in the time of economic recession. Lord, I pray that you will provide for me supernaturally in Jesus’ name
1 Kings 17:5-6
So Elijah did what the Lord said; he went to Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and lived there. The birds brought Elijah bread and meat every morning and evening, and he drank water from the stream.
8. Father, I pray that my stream will not dry up in Jesus’ name. Lord, I pray that you will send your rain to me in all season in Jesus’ name
1 Kings 17:7
After a while the stream dried up because there was no rain
9. Father, I pray that you will constantly speak to me and give me a clear direction that will results in a supernatural provision in Jesus’ name.
1 Kings 17:1
Then the Lord spoke his word to Elijah, “Go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I have commanded a widow there to take care of you.”
10. Father, I pray that you will answer my prayers today and send your rain in Jesus’ name
1 Kings 18:41-42
Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!” So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.
11. Father, I pray that you will open the heavens unto me and you will fill my cloud with rain in Jesus’ name. Lord I pray that as from now on, I will have a heavy downpour of rain in Jesus’ name.
1 Kings 18:43-44
Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.” The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.” Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”
12. Father, I pray that you will send your wind to send a terrific rainstorm over my life, my business, my ministry and over my family in Jesus’ name
1 Kings 18:45-46
And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.
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