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Summary: When we commit ourselves to seeking the Lord on a regular basis through persevering prayer, diligent obedience and sacrificial giving we will start experiencing an open heaven from God.

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Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.

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Series: Open Heaven

Three Keys To An Open Heaven

When we commit ourselves to seeking the Lord on a regular basis, and determine within ourselves to press in to the inner court of His presence with persistent, persevering prayer, diligent obedience and sacrificial giving we will start experiencing an open heaven from God.

Let us go on scriptural tour to show that heaven is touched when we do these three things.

1. CONSISTENT, PERSEVERING PRAYER

(A) Isaiah……. ‘Tear Open The Heavens.’

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Isaiah 64:1-2 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

• The word “rend” in this Scripture means to “tear open”.

o Isaiah is crying out to God for an open heaven! “Oh, Lord, rend the heavens and come down! We need you!”

o Can you hear the cry of the prophet’s heart as he laments in prayer and petition to God?

Quote from NEW SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE BIBLE (Nelson’s Publishers)

Is 64:1-3 When intercession breaks thru. ‘Awesome things that we did not expect’ (Is 64:3) is a perfect description of genuine revival, because the unpredictable and unusual are the characteristics of great spiritual awakenings.

Isaiah wanted God to behave as He had in the past. Recalling the Scripture about God’s visit with Moses on Mt. Sinai, Isaiah longed for a repeat performance.

Exodus 19:18 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently.

(B) Peter…. ‘He Saw Heaven Opened.’

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READ Acts 10:9-16 – 9About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11He saw heaven opened …

B1. Peter Praying

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What was Peter doing on the housetop? He was praying.

o The presence of God came upon him in such a mighty way, that he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened.

o Would it have been possible for him to have this experience without praying?

o I’m sure that all things are certainly possible with God, but we must understand that Peter had positioned himself to hear from the Lord.

o He could have been in a million different places, but he chose to go to the housetop to pray.

o As a result, the vision that he saw changed his whole life.

o How many times have we missed it because of our wrong choices?

B2. Peter Was Hungry For God

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The above Scripture also mentions that Peter was very hungry and wanted to eat.

o The Scripture was speaking about “physical hunger”, but I also believe that Peter was hungry spiritually, or he would not have been praying on the housetop in the first place.

o He was definitely in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing.

o Oh, how great are the lessons that we can learn from those who have gone on before us.

(C) Jesus … ‘As He Was Praying, Heaven Was Opened.’

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Luke 3:21 – 21When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened

We see the heaven was opened once again when Jesus began to pray at His own baptism.

• Prayer is like a “key” that has the power and potential to open up the heavenly realm for God’s people. If prayer is a key, why don’t we use it more than we do?

• Have we lost our key, or possibly misplaced it somewhere?

• Or could it be that we just don’t have a full understanding of what prayer can do?

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Lonnie Wilson

commented on Oct 18, 2009

wonderful message thanks from west virginia u.s.a.

Kim Waterman

commented on Aug 26, 2013

thank you! great study. new York state.

Regina Blanchard

commented on Jan 8, 2014

may God bless we are now in open heaven be prepared for the unexpected

Kevin Brown

commented on Aug 20, 2014

God bless . Good insight Pastor. From Rutherford New Jersey USA

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commented on Feb 13, 2016

blessed by this sermon. From Nigeria

Pastor Ephaim Basil

commented on Aug 17, 2016

That's a touching message, I learnt a lot from this message. more grace . bless real good.

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