One of my favorite chapters in the bible to meditate upon is Revelation 4. John is caught up and brought before the Father’s royal court in heaven. This is one of the most detailed descriptions of the beauty of God. I believe that this chapter is literal and provides a wealth of revelation of who God is. In prayer, this heavenly scene brings God to the center of our understanding in our hearts and minds. Just consider how in the beginning, God had a blank canvas, so to speak; He could have painted anything He desired for the place that would be the center of all His created order. Why did He choose to reveal what He has given us in His Word. God does all things with purpose and intentionality. What was He wanting to communicate to our hearts? What was He intending to draw us into? So unsearchable are His ways. So beyond comprehension is His Divine Nature. Even John could not fully describe what His 5 senses were taking in. Every description is paired with the being “likened” to something else. Not even the four living creatures can fully take in the one seated on the throne. Day and night they behold him and perpetually cry “Holy Holy Holy” as they are continually discover new facets of transcendent beauty.
Paul says that we have been seated with Christ in heavenly places. This is a very present reality for all those who put their faith in Jesus and have been born of the Spirit.
"and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus," Ephesians 2:6
In Revelation Chapter 5 we see that before the throne are the prayers of the saints, arising as incense and filling the court of heaven. This makes our prayers tangible in our understanding. There is a real place that our voices are heard and a real God who perceives our weak prayers as a pleasing fragrance.
God is drawing this generation into fellowship with His heart. As the world is filled with many distractions, there is one who captivating. God is calling a generation to be fascinated with His beauty. John saw a door standing open in heaven and was taken up in the spirit through that door. This door standing open is Jesus, He is our access to the father. And it is by the Holy Spirit that we move. Let us lift our gaze off of all else and fix our eyes up Jesus. Let us make room for the Holy Spirit in our lives that we would move with God. There is much that the Lord wants to show us. Who will answer the call to stand in the council of the Lord?
"For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord, And has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it?" Jeremiah 23:18
Written by Zack Roberts
ember prayer room | norman, oklahoma