Will We Open the Window?

Last night on the way home from my mother’s apartment, I found myself weeping and praying over the wickedness that continues to mount in the world around us, and specifically in York County where I live. Precious 20-something young people, especially, are making choices that lead down the road to destruction.

This morning, back in prayer again, God spoke to me about open windows, so I looked up the phrase, “Open window” in my Bible Gateway concordance (New American Standard Bible) and found five scriptures that dealt with open windows.  Three passages talked about PEOPLE opening a window.  Two passages talked about GOD opening a window.  Let’s look at the people who opened windows.

PEOPLE WHO OPENED WINDOWS

Genesis 8:6

Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth.

2 Kings 13:17

16 Then he (Elisha) said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” And he put his hand on it, then Elisha laid his hands on the king’s hands. 17  He said, “Open the window toward the east,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot!” And he shot. And he said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you will defeat the Arameans at Aphek until you have destroyed them.”

Daniel 6:10

Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

This morning, the Lord emphasized Elisha’s open window. Note that Elisha opened the window from his safe, comfortable home and told the king to SHOOT THE ARROW OF VICTORY. To me, this signifies a prophetic word released from the safe place of prayer. Elisha was not in the king’s palace, the king was in Elisha’s humble house of prayer. And Elisha’s praying hands were over top the king’s hands as he shot the arrow.

Do you think we can pray like this?

woman prays looking out window B & W

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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4 Responses to Will We Open the Window?

  1. Larry Who says:

    Most of our prophetic praying is about proclaiming what the Lord has spoken to each of us. I just keep proclaiming until I see the manifestation, which in a way, is like what Elisha said in verses 18 and 19 of 2 Kings 13.

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  2. Good insight, Larry. What is noteworthy here is that Elisha also asked the king that day to strike the ground with his spear. He struck it three times and Elisha rebuked him. Evidently, God expected action from the prayer recipient, too.

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  3. Billie Jo says:

    I’ve mulled on this in many ways this week. Now that I have a minute to re-read and respond, I found my heart drawn to the differences of the three scenarios. There are times when, like Noah, we have to open the window of prayer and ask if the time is right. Those 20-somethings making bad decisions have to be prepared by the Holy Spirit…it is not on our time. As a friend often admonishes me, ‘you can’t want something for someone more than they want it for themselves.’

    Then, there is Elisha’s instruction to the King. Clearly, Elisha knew it was time for victory. We know that God is ready and able for those who are willing. We must be those who are willing to pray with passion. To those under oppression, our admonition then must be “FIGHT” with all your heart. God is ready to help you break the strongholds that you live within.

    And always we who believe must be like Daniel with windows constantly open in prayer. Asking about God’s heart, about His timing and His strength for those needing to break free. Strongholds develop from those poor choices you mention. Negative thoughts & actions that captives cannot control (without the help of the Spirit) rule their lives and bring more devastation. We must pray while their strength is small…pray them to safety. Pray until they become co-prayers! This is a war; we must not be faint hearted, 3-tap wishy-washy warriors. Because the Great I AM wants more in His presence.

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    • Oh, yes, and the Great I AM is worthy of more! Great input Billie Jo. I love your definition of “stronghold”. STRONGHOLD – Negative thoughts and actions that you cannot control are conditioned responses. Strongholds come from conditioning of the past.”
      And you’re right about the young people. They need to want the change for themselves.

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