THE HOLY SPIRIT Series
Considering what the Prophets Saw
in the Heavens
Heavenly Visions of the Holy Spirits Work
WISDOM IS PERSONIFIED in Proverbs 8,
just as was the eternal WORD, the Lógos, in the
beginning verses of Johns Gospel. Cannot we see them
both as the same? They are both one with the Father, they are both
eternal, they were both Agents in the making of the world. John spoke
this clearly: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the
Father, full of grace and truthJohn 1:1 14. 4. Paul
said that Christ Jesus, Whom John called the Lógos, is made
unto us Wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30 30).
DAY 1Wisdom makes appeal
to our souls.
Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding
raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet,
she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the
entrances, she cries aloud: To you, O men, I call out; I raise
My voice to all mankind. You who are simple
(naďve and open-minded), gain prudence;
you who are foolish, gain understanding
8:1-5 [NIV]New International Version
► LORD, teach me, and these I hold before You,
to wait for the understanding Your Wisdom will bring. Too often Ive
been the fool. Even when I thought I was the wise one, it turned
out I was under a spirit of deception. I praise You for Your mercy that
rescued me from this foolishness.
A wise person will continue throughout life seeking wisdom.
Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 9:9; Proverbs 12:1
DAY 2We give our hearts
over to listen for the voice of Wisdom.
for I have worthy things to say; I open My lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true, for My lips detest wickedness. All the
words of My mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.Proverbs
► LORD, by Your Spirit tune my spirit to learn
all You will teach me. Im facing things today that are too great
for me. My understanding is poor. I need the Wisdom that is born of
Your Spirit. Then, please give me the enabling grace to obey what Your
Spirit will teach me.
Gods wisdom is perfect.Psalm 19:7-11
DAY 3Nothing out-values
are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those who want to learn.
Choose My instruction rather than silver, and knowledge over pure gold.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can
be compared with it.Proverbs 8:9-11[NLT]New
► FATHER, I regret those times when I let greed
and dishonesty influence me. Even when I allowed those things to rule
me, I knew I was wrong. I wanted to be free, but my principles of life
were too low. I praise You for the clean heart and the new way of looking
at life that Your are giving me now.
All the things that may be desired are not to be compared with Wisdom.
DAY 4Learning to Live
I, Wisdom, live with understanding, and I find
much learning and careful thinking. The fear of the Lord is to hate
what is sinful. I hate pride, self-love, the way of sin, and lies. I
have teaching and wisdom. I have understanding and power. By me kings
rule and rulers make laws that are fair. By me rulers rule, and all
the princes rule on the earth. I love those who love me, and those who
look for me with much desire will find me.Proverbs 8:12-17 [NLV]New Life Version
► DEAR FATHER, my desire is that I might live
every day with Your Wisdom at work in me. Oh, help me! I sometimes try
to think of evil ways to get out of my trouble. Now I renounce this.
Let Your Spirit cleanse my spirit of this life. Make me into a person
The Wisdom that God gives is exceedingly high.
Isaiah 55:8,9; Romans 11:33
DAY 5The Benefits of
Wisdom and Where to Find It
(Wisdom continues her appeal to the simple of
heart): Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my yield better than
choicest silver. I walk in the way of righteousness In the midst of
the paths of justice, to endow those who love me with wealth, that I
may fill their treasuries.Proverbs 8:18-21 [NSAB]New
American Standard Bible
► DEAR FATHER, with Your Wisdom make me useful
for You in Your Kingdom. Fill me with desire for the wealth Wisdom brings.
Its not gold and silver I desire, but the wealth of wisdom that
will enable me to make my life right for You. For this, I give my heart,
and my spirit, over to the work of Your Spirit.
When we exalt Wisdom, honor comes.Proverbs 4:7-9; James 2:5
DAY 6Wisdom is eternal
The LORD possessed Me at the beginning
of His way, before His works of old. From everlasting I was established,
from the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. When there
were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding
with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills I was
brought forth; while He had not yet made the earth and the fields, nor
the first dust of the world. Proverbs 8:22-26 [NASB]New American Standard Bible
► PRECIOUS LORD, Please bring forth in us the
understanding of how we can come through this trial upon me and my family.
What an amazing thing that Your Wisdom has reached all the way from
eternity to where we are right now! Oh, how we stand in need of it!
Let it all work out to Your glory.
Jesus is the Wisdom by Whom the Lord created the world.
John 1:1-4; Proverbs 3:19; Colossians 1:17
DAY 7The Lord God delighted
in Wisdom when He made the world.
I was there when He established
the heavens, when He drew the horizon on the oceans. I was there when
he set the clouds above, when He established the deep fountains of the
earth. I was there when He set the limits of the seas, so they would
not spread beyond their boundaries. And when He marked off the earth's
foundations, I was the Architect at His side. I was His constant delight,
rejoicing always in His presence. And how happy I was with what He createdHis
wide world and all the human family!Proverbs 8:27-31 [NLT]New Living Translation
it is almost more than my little mind can comprehend, but I receive
it anyway! The same Wisdom that worked with You
in creating the earth is now ready to work in me!
the family You have given me! Oh, how we need this precious Gift of
We who were once separated from God by sin are now reconciled to walk in
the wisdom and grace of His Kingdom.Colossians 1:9-22
DAY 8The Wisdom that
is eternal makes its final appeal to us.
So now, O sons, listen to Me, for
happy are they who keep My ways. Hear My teaching and be wise. Do not
turn away from it. Happy is the man who listens to Me, watching every
day at My gates, waiting beside My doors. For he who finds Me finds
life, and gets favor from the Lord. But he who misses Me hurts himself.
All those who hate Me love death.Proverbs 8:32-36 [NLT].
► FATHER, I can hear the call of Wisdom. Never
have I felt a greater need for its work in my own life. Please let its
power overrule the weak way of thinking and responding that has tried
to rule me lately. Oh, LORD! I deeply desire the rule of Your Wisdom, in
me, in these I hold dear, in these in our government.
Whoever does evil hates the light of Wisdom.John 3:19,20
GOD BEGAN His work
with the Spirit of Wisdom. It is eternal with Hima divine Power.
When the Prophet Ezekiel beheld his visions, he saw the Spirit at
work in the living creatures of heaven with a release of Spirit so
powerful it could only be described as fire. With the help of the
Holy Spirit, we will spend some days with Ezekiel, and then behold
again the holy fire that came on the early believers in Jerusalem
in the Upper Room.
DAY 9Ezekiel had a vision
of the fire of God working in the heavens, coming to earth. On July 31 of my thirtieth year, while
I was with the Judean exiles beside the Kebar River in Babylon, the
heavens were opened to me, and I saw visions of God. This happened during
the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity. The LORD gave a message
to me, Ezekiel son of Buzi, a priest, there beside the Kebar River in
the land of the Babylonians, and I felt the hand of the LORD take hold
of me. As I looked, I saw a great storm coming toward me from the north,
driving before it a huge cloud that flashed with lightning and shone
with brilliant light. The fire inside the cloud glowed like gleaming
1:1-4 [NLT]New Living Translation
► LORD, Im not looking for a vision like
the one Ezekiel had. Neither can I fully understand his. But I do see
that he saw Your Spirit at work in all living creation. Please let me see Your Spirit working in the lives
of these people I know. Whether I see the fire or not, let me
see the result of Your Spirits fire in them.
When Moses received instructions for building the Lord a dwelling place
on earth, he spent forty days in the fire of the Lord.Exodus
vision combined all living creation.
From the center of the cloud came four living
beings that looked human, except that each had four faces and two pairs
of wings. Their legs were straight like human legs, but their feet were
split like calves feet and shone like burnished bronze. Beneath
each of their wings I could see human hands. The wings of each living
being touched the wings of the two beings beside it. The living beings
were able to fly in any direction without turning around.
Ezekiel 1:5-9 [NLT]
► FATHER, the vision of Ezekiel is beyond my capacity
to grasp its meaning. But, I do know what he saw happening was more
powerful than anything earths energy could bring forth. Thus,
I am learning to look to the heavens. There, I know is a power that
can do what Your Kingdom demands on earth. Oh, thank You for drawing
me into Your Kingdom! Let me know more of its power.
John beheld Gods Throne in the heavens, surrounded by creatures similar
to those Ezekiel beheld.Revelation 14:1-11
vision saw the fire of God working in the heavens, coming to earth.
Each had a human face in the front, the face
of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and
the face of an eagle at the back. Each had two pairs of outstretched
wingsone pair stretched out to touch the wings of the living beings
on either side of it, and the other pair covered its body. They went
in whatever direction the spirit chose, and they moved straight forward
in all directions without having to turn around.Ezekiel
1:10-12 [NLT]New Living Translation
► LORD, we continue with a vision I cannot understand
with my mind, but my spirit is beginning to grasp that Ezekiel saw.
He was beholding all living creatures moving together by the force of
Your Spirit. This is causing me to have a faith that every being
man or beastmust finally move at the direction of Your Spirit.
This is giving me new faith as I learn to pray with Your Spirit.
The Prophet Daniel saw earthly principalities represented
that defined their qualities of character.Daniel
DAY 12Ezekiels vision
beheld the glorious activity of heaven giving life and order to all
living creatures on earth. The
living beings looked like bright coals of fire or brilliant torches,
and it looked as though lightning was flashing back and forth among
them. And the living beings darted to and fro like flashes of lightning.
As I looked at these beings, I saw four wheels on the ground beneath
them, one wheel belonging to each. The wheels sparkled as if made of
chrysolite. All four wheels looked the same; each wheel had a second
wheel turning crosswise within it. Ezekiel 1:13-15 [NLT]
► FATHER, I know You are in control of everything
around me. When I consider that everything in earth is under the rule
of Your heavenly Kingdom, it causes my ability to believe You to increase
more and more. Thank You for Your work in these lives. The more I know
of Your Kingdom, the greater is the peace that grows in my own spirit.
The more we learn of heaven, the more we yearn for its glory.
Daniel 10:5,6; Revelations 4:5; Revelations 10:1; Revelations 18:1
DAY 13The activity of
Gods Spirit reaches farther than our minds can imagine.
When the four living beings moved, the
wheels moved with them. When they flew upward, the wheels went up, too.
The Spirit of the four living beings was in the wheels. So wherever
the Spirit went, the wheels and the living beings went, too. When the
living beings moved, the wheels moved. When the living beings stopped,
the wheels stopped. When the living beings flew into the air, the wheels
rose up. For the Spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.Ezekiel 1:19-21[NLT]New Living Translation
► LORD, reading this vision has helped my understanding
of how Your work. With more faith, I wait before You. I have an expectancy
that You are moving. Even now, you are moving in these I am holding before You. Im seeing a greater thing
than I ever thought would happen. My worry and anxiety is leaving while
I watch You at work.
The Master of the whole earth is in control of everything.
Thus, our faith rests in His mightZechariah
DAY 14Above all the activity
of heaven and earth we see the Throne of the Son of Man. Above the surface over their heads was what
looked like a Throne made of blue sapphire. And high above this Throne
was a figure whose appearance
was like that of a Man. From His waist up, He
looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. And from His waist
down, He looked like a burning flame, shining with splendor. All around
Him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining through the clouds. This
was the way the glory of the LORD appeared to me. When I saw it, I fell
face down in the dust, and I heard someone's voice speaking to me.Ezekiel 1:26-28 [NLT]
► FATHER, there is yet much for me to learn about
Your heavenly Kingdom. But, my heart is turning toward it in greater
measure than ever. I have begun to see that everything in heaven and
in earth is coming under the dominion of Your Son. I am ready for everything
in my life to come under His rule now.
In their visions the Prophets saw the reigning Son
Daniel 10:4-7; Revelation 1:9-17
OF US, the Scriptures used in these prayer starters are
beyond the grasp of the natural understandingbut not beyond
the grasp of our spirits. This is because the Holy Spirit is bringing
us into relationship with the eternal Throne of Gods heavenly
Kingdom. Now, let this remain with us: On the day of Pentecost, seven
weeks after Jesus' resurrection, the believers were meeting together
in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring
of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house
where they were meeting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues
of fire appeared and settled on each of them.Acts 2:1-3 [NLT]
Gods work began in the heavens with wisdomand fire. That
continues with the Church.