Petitioning the Courtroom of Heaven
God has blessed me with an opportunity to be a Pastor’s wife, altar ministry worker and fourth generational prayer warrior. He has allowed me to personally witness the power of Faith through persistent prayer.
As a young girl I remember seeing my grandfather and his thirteen children consistently seeking God on behalf of countless people. I learned that consistent prayer is a necessary in order to inspire continuous growth.
It’s important to always keep a song of prayer, praise and thanksgiving within your heart. No matter how great or small the issue you encounter, it’ll help remind you to view the situation from a Godly perspective.
My grandfather would whistle, sing and always play his harmonica with tunes of Praise throughout his day. There is something about worship to God that permeates your heart and brings Peace to your mind.
With those things in mind, do you pray in small things? Have you ever been pulled over and received a traffic civil infraction with points and had to pray to keep your mouth quiet and heart right? I’m sure some of you may have received grace. However, for the rest of the 99% of us received that ticket. While in the moment, you evaluate the cost and the hassle to determine if the ticket is worth fighting. You know it’s in your best interest to request a Formal Hearing in court or your insurance will most likely skyrocket. Reality awakens and you grasp that in order to have your case heard there’s a process required to initiate the request. In most situations, it’s necessary to make a court appearance otherwise you’ll be stuck with both the payment and the points on your driver’s license. Although, a Judge may have your ticket in the stack of cases, your request for the hearing makes it necessary for you to show up on your court date. This is on the basis that you’re seeking a favorable outcome. Choosing to place your petition before a Judge in this case requires that you contact the court to initiate the process while making a plea, show up on your court date and then state your case.
Why should we approach the courtroom of Heaven differently? If we’re looking for favor in the outcome of our prayer request we should contact the heavenly court by initiating a petition. If you’re going to place a petition before God, it’s probably a good idea to show up especially if you are the requestor or the recipient.
Typically when you hear of people going to a courthouse, it’s usually to resolve a problem that involves a cost of some type. Examples are fines, court costs, jail time, attorney fees, etc. In a spiritual comparison, you can self-represent yourself in the courts of Heaven with little or no cost. The only price desired is your time if you consider that a cost.
The word says:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 KJV
As a believer when I place a petition before the courtroom of Heaven through prayer, I fully expect a positive outcome and so should you. It’s key to pray until there is resolution in your situation or something breaks through. What’s the worst that can happen? You can receive an answer of yes, no or not yet. Placing our request before the Lord and praying His ultimate will for our lives is crucial if you want to receive God’s hand of Blessing. When God says yes, everything is positioned correctly and in alignment. You don’t have to knock on the door and standby until someone else open it. But when the answer is NO, the doors will remain closed. I wouldn’t advise trying to pry it open; you may not like what you find behind it. Embracing Patience for the, “not yet” response may not be your desired result but its one of the necessary stages in receiving breakthrough.
Whatever the valley, mountain or obstacle that has crossed our path, never lose sight of the greater vision due to a temporary distraction. God is a problem solver who has a plan that will never fail.
If we could catch a glimpse through the lens of God, we’d realize that we have world changing potential inside each of us. He wants to bless, heal, and be the one who fills us.
The bible says:
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100.4 NIV
Throughout the bible there are many petitions sent before God requesting intervention. I believe preparation is necessary before entering to courtroom of Heaven through prayer. We must prepare ourselves by conditioning our hearts to study the word, pray, praise and give Him thanksgiving before entering the throne of Grace to make our petitions known. Start your prayers with faith, confidence, and a great expectation believing you will receive a favorable outcome. Although He already knows your case before you approach the bench, He genuinely desires to meet with you.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6 KJV
Viewing life through a foggy perspective can simulate a distorted reflection of the truth. It’s easy to get sidetracked, lose faith, become hopeless, discount your dreams, and become stagnant. You will not a see a clear vision until you stop, pray, and become observant so you’ll be able to recognize when the fog has lifted. Being busy causes us look at the foggy window without realizing we should look past what we can’t see.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV
There is a world of opportunity if we step outside the normal boundaries that prevent us from experiencing more. Choose to let everyday to be a prayer of thanksgiving, read the word, spend time with God, and let your petitions be known. Ask God to lift the smog off of your situation so you can see the beauty beyond the window of your eyes and you’re life will never be the same.