Prayer: When Your Cry Goes Up, Heaven Comes Down

Today, I believe God is encouraging those of you who are in a position of great need.

Right now, you may feel as though you have little strength to pray, except to simply cry out to God. And He wants you to know that your call to Him for help is powerful!

  • Deliverance is being released
  • Favour is being unleashed
  • Angels are being assigned
  • Your tipping point is on its way

Three Directions of Prayer

The key to all prayer is not a formula, it is simply relationship with God. We have a Father in Heaven who loves us and we have access to His throne through Jesus’ shed blood (Heb 10:19-20).

Jesus’ teaching on prayer can be summed up as, ‘Ask your Father in My Name’ (see John 15:16).

Prayer comes in many forms and in many ways. By way of example, here are three directions (perspectives) of prayer. Each has its own significance and it is the last I believe God is highlighting today:


1. Horizontal: Positioned in Prayer Before God’s Throne

When we take a horizontal approach to prayer, we are positioned by faith before God’s throne. We are aware of this stance as we pray and petition Him concerning our needs and the needs of others. We can be bold. We can be strategic!

‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ (Heb 4:16, NIV)

2. Downward: Exercising Heavenly Authority on Earth

This direction of prayer is when we step into our royal authority as sons and daughters of God. We recognize our Heavenly position in Christ; then, we take our delegated authority and enforce our Father’s intentions on earth, in Jesus’ Name.

‘And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:6, NIV)

Actions we can take from this ‘Heaven to earth’ perspective include: making prophetic decrees, and binding and loosing.

3. Upward: Praying from Earth to Heaven

‘Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.’ (Psalm 61:1-2 NIV)

There are times we are praying from an earthly position. We are praying and interceding from the perspective of our (and others’) humanity, frailty, weakness and need.

When your cry goes up, Heaven comes down.

A prayer from earth to Heaven is powerful.

  • It is not an inferior type of prayer.
  • It is a supersonic prayer!

Your Upward Cry Releases Answers

Have you been calling on God for help? Today, God wants you to know He has heard your cries.

God answered the ineloquent groans of Hannah’s broken heart. Her prayer birthed a son, the Prophet Samuel—who would be instrumental in national revival.

‘Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”’ (1 Sam 1:17, NIV)

In a time of need, your prayer may be an inarticulate groan like Hannah’s, but know this:

Your cry to God for help echoes in the chambers of Heaven.


Your Cry Reveals Your Heart

Hannah’s story shows us that it is not the style of prayer, but the attitude of our hearts that God responds to. Jesus Himself cried from earth to Heaven in His time of distress:

‘During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.’ (Heb 5:7, NIV)

In the midst of whatever trial you are going through, know that God sees past your words and straight to your heart. In His love and mercy, He is coming through for you.


Your Cry Unleashes Deliverance

One of the most powerful acts of deliverance in Scripture was in answer to the cry of God’s people in slavery. 

The Israelites’ cry of distress rose from earth towards Heaven.

Then, when God acted on their behalf, miracles and acts of great power were unleashed and Israel was delivered out of Egypt.

‘The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.’ (Exodus 2:23-24, NIV)

As you cry out for help in the midst of the trial, the persecution, or spiritual oppression, your cry is coming before God. He is arranging deliverance on your behalf.

‘In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears… He parted the heavens and came down…’ (Psalm 18:6, 9a, NIV)


Your Cry Arouses God’s Compassion—and His power

Our Father doesn’t despise our humanity—He has great compassion towards us in our weakness and frailty.

‘As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.’ (Psalm 103:13-14 NIV)

A simple, Heavenward cry for help pulls on your Father’s compassion.

He will not hold back His power, for His mercy is abundant towards you.

In any moment of crisis, all you need to remember is the simple approach to prayer Jesus taught: ‘Ask your Father in My Name’ (John 15:16)


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The Three Directions of Spiritual Warfare
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Enliven Ministries
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The Golden Key: How Prayer and Obedience can Unlock Your Miracle

I was praying for a breakthrough recently, and in my mind’s eye, I was looking up into my Father’s open Heaven and crying out, ‘Father, what time is it? What are you doing now?’ [1]

In that moment, I was expecting to see a vision of floodgates opening.

But to my surprise, instead of the large answer I was anticipating, out of Heaven dropped a single, small gold key.

It was the kind of key you would use to open an ordinary door. Except it was not made of natural materials—it was pure gold.

As that key fell to the earth on the ground beside me, I heard a loud ‘ping’, clear as a bell.

  • It wasn’t the deluge I was reaching for
  • It wasn’t the major breakthrough I wanted

And yet that key was precious, because I knew my Heavenly Father had sent it. It was a gift of His love—a ‘now’ gift.

As I thanked Him for that key, I remembered something. A small opportunity had come my way—and there was a next action I could take on it, but I had neglected to do it.

I immediately took that next action in obedience to what God was showing me. Over the next 24 hours I recalled another step of faith I needed to make, and did that as well.

Each small action unlocked further actions, ideas and opportunities. It was the beginning of a breakthrough.


The Power of Prayer and an Act of Faith

‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”‘ (Ex 14:15, NIV)

There is a time to pray, but there is also a time to move.

Perhaps today, there is one small, but significant step, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you—one that will lead to breakthrough.

Some of the greatest miracles in Scripture were miracles of resurrection. A time of prayer was followed by a simple act of faith—and the dead were brought back to life.

  • Elisha prayed—and then he stretched out his body over a dead boy. After the second time, the child sneezed 7 times and opened his eyes. (2 Kings 4:33-35, see also Elijah in 1 Kings 17-20-22)
  • Jesus prayed—and then He shouted, ‘Lazarus come forth!’ Lazarus came out of the tomb, still wrapped in his grave-clothes. (John 11:41-44)
  • Peter prayed—and then he said, ‘Tabitha arise!’ The woman opened her eyes, saw Peter and sat up. (Acts 9:40)

Perhaps there is some small action you can take right now, to partner with God in fulfilling that promise you’ve been waiting for.

That one small step could be a trigger—a small action that will unleash the resurrection power of God into your situation.


The Golden Key: Your Next Small Step

If you are waiting on God for a large answer to prayer—a job or ministry breakthrough, a shift in a relationship, a person who needs to turn back to God—a miracle of health or finance, pray with passion and faith! And then, watch and listen for His direction.

What does that golden key symbolize to you today?

Perhaps there is one small thing that you can take action on. Maybe it’s something that (like I did) you have been procrastinating on up until now. And right now, the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on it and saying, ‘Obey Me in this one small thing.’

Begin taking those steps no matter how small.

  • Make that phone call
  • Honor what you have already been given, with an attitude of gratitude
  • Make that small change in your health habits
  • Say thank you to someone
  • Say ‘yes’—or ‘no’
  • Do that research

An appointed action is not always an activity. There are times when our Father directs us to take a position of rest. Before Elijah could keep his appointment with God and receive the list of next actions he was to take, he needed time out. God’s agenda for him at that moment in time was to receive both Heavenly and physical refreshment. (1 Kings 19)

In God’s Kingdom, great and powerful moves of God often have small, humble beginnings.

This could be your moment of destiny.


Testimonies from the Spiritual Warfare Course

I’m passionate about helping people to encounter God, build a strong Biblical foundation and develop in their spiritual authority and gifts. This week, I’m excited to be able to share with you some feedback from the course, Spiritual Warfare: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack

‘We have been able to put into practice the weapons of warfare the Lord has given to us, and as a result we are feeling a whole heap freer! It has been a very helpful course and we recommend it to everyone, but most especially to leaders.’ (Pastors Wayne and Nicky)

‘Completing this course was very life changing. Opened my eyes and taught me how to identify and overcome spiritual attacks. The course provided very helpful tools to use in every day life and especially during and before spiritual attacks as well as how to help others during these attacks. I loved that I could complete it at my own pace’ (Sogunda)

‘It was an eye opener, and I never thought about viewing Spiritual Warfare in the way that you explained it. It was AWESOME! One of the things that I like was when King David before going into battle always inquired of the Lord. Not only did the Lord give him the outcome of the battle but he gave him the strategies and was with David in the battle. I need to do the same.’ (Beatrice)

If you haven’t come across our online courses yet, you can find the Spiritual Warfare Course and Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] See my recent article, ‘Magnetic Prayer: Prayer that Pulls on Heaven’s Resources’ for more on the power of asking, ‘Father, what time is it?’


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries

in the David McCracken Ministries family