Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Romans 8:34 (NKJV)
A vision from the 06.03.2019
I was with Jesus on the beach. We had been enjoying the morning together by sharing a meal of bread and fish. Once we were done eating, Jesus told me He wanted to take me somewhere.
We walked up a sand dune and not far from where we had been was a wooden cabin. I had not noticed it before when we had had breakfast. Jesus opened the door and we went inside. The first thing I noticed was how bare the room was. There were only two wooden chairs, two wooden beds on either side of the room and a wooden table in the middle of the room. When I asked Jesus where we were, He said that we were in a prayer cabin.
Then He knelt down on His knees by one of the chairs and He started to pray. I was so startled, as I had never seen Jesus praying before. I knew that on earth He had spent a lot of time communing with the Father, but actually seeing Him now in front of me, praying, was something else. I felt the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord come over me.
I instinctively took the other chair, placed it next to His, knelt down and started to pray in the spirit. As we prayed I understood that we were interceding for the nations. Then I was shown in a vision, Jesus and I, standing before the mighty throne of God, making intercession and crying out for God to pour out more of His Spirit upon on the earth. I was in the spirit of intercession and the cries, groans and words that I spoke came from the Holy Spirit Himself, who was praying through me. I was allowed to share a micro-fraction of the burden that was on Jesus’ heart. I kept praying in agreement with Jesus until I fell asleep in the natural.
When I woke up much later in the night on my sofa, I realised that I had fallen asleep right in the middle of prayer, just like the disciples had done. I went into prayer to just apologise to Jesus. Jesus spoke to my heart and told me not to feel bad, that I had done good for my first time. So there will be other times…
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,”he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before.
When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say. When he returned to them the third time, he said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
Mark 14:32-42 NLT
In Luke 9: 32, we read that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a mountain to pray. Apparently during this prayer time, the disciples fell asleep as Jesus was praying. Some articles I read say that this was probably because Jesus was up praying on the mountain all night. Like Jesus says, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. That is why we have to train our bodies, like a soldier does. As Christians we are in warfare and we need to be trained. The spirit-man must rule over the flesh otherwise we will be weak in the battle. Fasting is one of the most successful ways of subduing the flesh and feeding the spirit. We really have to develop a lifestyle of fasting, especially now in the last days.
For me, the cabin speaks of entering the secret place, the prayer closet, and spending time in prayer, communicating with Jesus and Abba Father. When our spirits are surrendered to Him, He can use us during those times for the purposes of His Kingdom. He may lead you by the Spirit to pray over someone that you haven’t even thought of in a long time, or He might give you instructions about how you could bless someone at your work or church. You become an instrument, a tool, a vessel of honour which He can effectively use to display His love and glory. The prayer closet is the most powerful place to be in on this earth. There is also a promise (of a reward) attached to going to pray in the secret place:
But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:6 AMP
I also noticed that the whole cabin and everything in it was made of wood and was not at all attractive to the eyes. The room had a pretty bare look to it. Later I understood that this was a symbol of the cross. Wood speaks of the cross and the bareness of the room speaks of the humble death that Jesus died on the cross. We don’t have to impress God with big words when we go to Him, we just have to speak out of the bareness of our hearts and be naked before Him, like a young child with their parent. Children don’t know that they are naked until later on when they are older. They are not ashamed to stand naked in front of their parents. In this way we too must be able to bare all to Him, the One who loves us more than we could ever comprehend.
Jesus is even now, still looking for those whom He can take into His personal secret place, as He did with James, Peter and John. Those who are surrendered into love and obedience to Him, who will stand in agreement with the intercession that He makes for us before the throne of God. Those who are willing to share the burdens of His heart and carry them through prayer and intercession to the Father. Jesus is looking for those who are immersed in the flow of the Spirit, who will open up their mouths to utter the petitions and supplications that are birthed in Him, the Spirit, inside of us, and speak them forth with power unto the ears of God. We all have a prayer closet, it is the depths of our hearts. All we have to do is go through the door, and close it behind us.