Journaling In The Holy of Holies
The Holy of Holies is a place of complete surrender and quietness in God’s presence; communicating with Him “Spirit to Spirit.” The 4 keys to hearing God’s voice has helped me a great deal in discerning His voice from my voice and knowing when to kick the enemy to the curb when those negative thoughts creep in.
The Holy of Holies is the presence of Jehovah God, Exo.25-27. Do I need to make special preparations or adorn myself before stepping into His presence? No! I can step into the Holy of Holies at any time. However, I personally enjoy using the Tabernacle prayer in my prayer life as I connect with Him in the Holy of Holies. Through the Tabernacle prayer, I acknowledge the Father, Son, the Holy Spirit, the Body of Christ and their roles and impact in my life.
Thanksgiving and proclamation at the cross
I step before the bronze altar, which is now the cross of Jesus where Jesus gave His life for me. Hebrews 10:14. It was at the cross/altar that I received forgiveness, including deliverance and started my spiritual transformation journey. I reverence the Lord Jesus and thank Him for His death for me on the cross. I give Him glory for making me a new creation, taking my place on the cross and giving me victory over the power of sin. I choose to die to myself daily, just as He died for me. I proclaim and confess the divine exchange that He gave me on the cross: deliverance from sicknesses, diseases, generational sins and curses, poverty, shame, rejection, eternal death, my old sinful nature, and He gave me His new nature and the blessings of Abraham. Gal.3:13
Cleansing and sanctification
Then I move on in my prayer and ask the Lord for the forgiveness of my sins. Rom. 3:23. Here, I see myself in front of the Bible: the mirror for my Christian and spiritual walk. Just as the priests, cleanse themselves at the bronze laver, Exo. 30:17-21; I also cleanse myself here, I repent of all my sins and apply the blood of Jesus for my purification and sanctification. In addition to this, I ask the Father to show me if there is anything in my life that is going to hinder my prayers and my worship before Him.
Using the Eyes and Ears of My Spirit
There was a particular day I was before the Lord in prayer at the bronze laver using the Tabernacle approach; I asked the Lord to search my heart and to reveal any sins that could hinder my prayers before Him in order for me to repent of them.
As I stood before the Lord, the Holy Spirit showed me a picture of someone I know. My relationship with the person has stayed on table talk over the years due to lack of respect for others’ opinions and boundaries; in short, we really don’t get along very well. In order to avoid conflict, I try as much as possible to stay out of the person’s way. Being an intercessor, I know the drill; when the Lord shows me pictures of people or whisper their names to me especially when I am in prayer, He wants me to pray for the person, people, nation etc. He may also want me to get in touch with the person.
After seeing the picture, I prayed for the person and I thought that was it.
But the Holy Spirit said to me, “I want you to give_________ a call and check on _____.”
When I heard that, I paused my prayer and kept quiet. It was impossible for me to say I bind that thought/spirit because I know the voice of the Holy Spirit. Besides, the enemy cannot tell me to call this person because satan is the author of confusion and the mastermind behind disunity and discord in relationships. I moved on and said,
Me: “Holy Spirit why do I need to call_______ when I had already prayed for ______?”
I was about to continue my prayer because I really did not want to give the person a call. Then I heard Him again.
HS: “I want you to give _________ a call today.”
Me: “Holy Spirit I really don’t want to call ___________ but I will do it because you’ve asked me to do it.”
HS: “I know, I know.”
I do know the importance of obedience in my walk with God. I was unable to move forward in my prayer until I had finished my conversation with the Holy Spirit. I should have made that call the week before I had this conversation with the Lord when I was informed that the person was in town. However, I chose not to. In my mind, I thought “what’s the point, what’s my call going to do anyway? Besides, I can’t deal with any stress right now.
I was glad the Lord corrected me during my prayer time and instructed me on making that call. The events that happened in the days after I made the call showed me that the Lord was looking out for me, even though at the time I did not have the desire to make the call. God always knows what is best for us, this is one of the main reasons why I do not like to skip the stage of cleansing, purification, and sanctification in my prayer time.
It is a place where the Lord searches my heart and reveals areas that I need to work on or make amends.
The Blood Covenant and The Body of Christ
I move forward in my prayer and thank the Lord Jesus for the blood covenant that I have with Him and with the body of Christ, Rom. 12:5.
He is the bread of life and the word of God. John 1:1.
In my prayer, I thank Him for the fellowship I have with the Him and the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ has a voice in heaven; I pray that I will stay united with my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I also pray that I will walk in forgiveness with my fellow believers and not allow any root of bitterness to have control over my life against any of them. I ask the Lord for His perfect will to be done in my life and for His will to be my will.
Submission and Reverence before the Holy Spirit
I move on in my prayer into the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the finger of God, the power of creation. He is the Spirit of comfort, Spirit of Exhortation, Spirit of the anointing. It is important for me to recognize Him in my life and in my prayers because without Him I will not be able to walk in obedience before the Lord. He is my helper and the Spirit of revelation. I ask the Holy Spirit to help me not to grieve Him. I pray for constant obedience and for His fullness upon me, Isaiah 11:1-2. I also pray for total submission to His corrections and guidance. I ask Him to help me in having a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him daily. I pray for His anointing to fill the five senses of my spirit and my physical five senses. I want to see what He wants me to see, hear what He wants me to hear, I want Him to fill my mind with His thoughts and rule my mind. I ask for His will to be my will and His emotions to be what I will feel and be moved by daily.
Intimacy with God is very Refreshing!
It’s now time for me to worship the glorious Father, my Papa. It is always a joy to stand with the angels, the twenty-four elders, and the four living creatures before His throne singing and praising Him, bowing before Him. Rev.4
I give Him all the glory and honor. I tell Him “You are my Lord and my God, You delivered me out of the land of Egypt, out of the Land of bondage and slavery. I will have no other god before You. I will not make for myself any idols of anything in heaven, on earth, under the earth or in the sea. I will never worship them, bow down to them or serve them. You alone, the Great I Am the I Am, You are my God. The Lord, The Lord God is your name; You are full of mercy, compassion, longsuffering and You are gracious in all Your ways.
You know the beginning from the end, You never change, and You never age. You are always radiant, always glorious and You are covered in splendor and beauty. You make the impossible, possible. You have always been there for me even when I did not see You or recognized Your voice. To me, You are my defender and the rock of my defense. I know I am the apple of Your eyes and Your banner over me is love. I love You Papa.
Sometimes, I open my Bible and read from the book of psalms to praise, worship and glorify His Holy Name.
When I am in His presence, I have no shame. I just let it all out; I pour out my heart to Him. All my worries, concerns, and desires; I hand them over to Him. In addition, I remind Him of His promises to me and submit all the prayer requests that I have for others before Him.
Not once has God said to me “Didn’t we look at your requests last week, or was it yesterday? When are you going to stop bringing all these requests? Why are you so demanding? Child, you need to get a grip of yourself.”
I am so grateful He can tolerate me. That is such a relief.
Everything I need is in Jehovah God
Now it’s time for me to step forward into the Holy of Holies. I come in covered with the righteousness of Jesus through the blood at the bronze altar(the cross). In my spirit I can sit on His lap, I can rest my head on His shoulders; there is freedom in His presence.
At this point, I am using all the 4 keys to hearing God’s voice.
It is now time for me to be quiet and be still so I can hear what He has to say to me. I fix my eyes on Him. I tune to the spontaneous thoughts flowing into my heart, now I am ready to journal. It is important for me to write down what He tells me because His word will be my Rhema, the word that is specifically for me, for my situation. The spoken word of God to me builds up my faith and it will make me well grounded in my walk in Him.
My journaling in His presence:
A few months ago one of my intercessory group team members was diagnosed with brain tumor. The news was distressing to me; she is a vessel in God’s hands and very close to my heart. I went before the Lord in prayer into the Holy of Holies, I needed to see the situation through His eyes. My heart was heavy and I needed a word from Him regarding the situation. God alone is able to tell me how to pray for that situation, and what my target should be when I prayer. I did not want to pray out of fear or worry, so I waited before the Lord in the Holy of Holies.
The Lord said to me “the situation will not lead to death” that was all He said about it. This was more than fifty sentences or words that anyone else could have said to me. Those words gave me so much joy and peace, this was His spoken word to me for that particular situation. I held on to those words and did not stop praying for my friend as I was led by the Holy Spirit.
In a situation like that: the Holy Spirit has to lead the prayer because He alone knows how the tumor can be defeated. Her doctor referred her MRI to a specialist. When the results came back, she was told that she does not have a brain tumor but a very small mass of liquid in that area; which is benign. This was great news for me and especially for her family. God’s word is forever settled in heaven. Hallelujah!
My hope was in God and in His spoken word to me as I prayed for my friend. God’s spoken word helped me to overcome fear, doubt, and unbelief. I confessed those words to keep satan away from stealing my peace and joy during that season in my life.
There is no more veil separating or hindering us from entering into the Holy of Holies: a place of rest and peace.
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This was one of the most powerful and beautiful things I’ve ever read. Your illustration of how to pray through the Tabernacle prayer was so moving and helpful to me.
Most powerful, thank you.
Hello Brenda, You are welcome. Thank you for the feedback.
Hello Ann, thank you! Using the 4 keys to Hearing God’s voice in the Tabernacle prayer has had a great impact on my prayer life. I pray you will experience God’s power daily as you continue in your walk with Him. Blessings!
Wow Simi.. God led me to this article… i usually dont check all the links in the “daily bites” but i did today and i found this beautiful article by you… bless you .. this has blessed me
Hema, you are welcome!Glad the article was a blessing to you. We are His priests and we have the right to stand before Him anytime through the blood of Jesus. He is a loving Father.