Understanding the Foundation to the Courts of Heaven

Hello Beloved Esthers,

We are learning this week a teaching from Rob Henderson on the Courts of Heaven that radically shifted my spiritual journey. His teaching is complex so we are digesting it together piece by piece.

Yesterday we learned that our enemy comes as the accuser of the brethren and today we will understand there are different ways to pray.

Jesus teaches us a few ways to approach God in prayer.

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, a hallowed be your name,your kingdom come.Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins,for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ ”Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:1-13

Jesus gives us a couple of examples here in Luke 11 of how we can approach God in prayer. You can approach Him as a friend to intercede for needs of another, and you can approach Him as a father asking for your own needs.

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. “There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ “For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

In Luke 18:1-8, we see a parable of a widow and an unjust judge. The unrighteous judge finally gives in to a widow because of her persistence, and it then says that if the unrighteous judge renders verdicts in her favor because of persistence, wouldn't God the just judge do the same? He is showing us here the legal system in Heaven and that God is just and Jesus finds "faith."

This further supports God as Righteous Judge:

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day- and not only to me but also to who have longed for His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8

So we can approach God in prayer in different ways.

We can come to God our Father for our own needs.

We can come to God as a friend to intercede for the needs of others. 

When we have an adversary or we recognize that we are being blocked from our destiny, we can come to God our righteous judge in the Courts of Heaven.

This is basically a different way to pray. It is not a warring prayer but a STRATEGIC PRAYER. Henderson says that often when we don’t have our prayers answered we begin to strive and put behind our prayers more effort, but it does not produce fruit. This type of praying is usually trying to reclaim your inheritance which is not only your purpose but your health, finances, legacy etc....

Today, just ask the Holy Spirit to further your understanding of the Heavenly Courts. There is a theme of this woven throughout scripture, but we are simply trying to digest this. As you come to understanding, you will reclaim what the enemy has tried to keep from you....Your Inheritance.

{If you are just jumping in on this week, make sure you visit Sunday's message to fully understand.}


Rochelle FrazierComment