Discovering the Power of Tabernacle Prayer: (History of the Tabernacle is in Exodus 25-30)
For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them, and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 2 Cor.6:16NKJV
Applying the 4 Keys to hearing God’s voice in the Tabernacle prayer has helped me in sharpening the five senses of my Spirit. In my prayer life I have learned to use the tabernacle prayer of God as a foundation to my prayer time or what I call the vehicle that transports me to the Holy of Holies. When God opened my eyes to the tabernacle prayer, my prayer life took a different turn because it brought me even closer to God.
I did a lot of research on the Tabernacle prayer and got my own revelation from the Holy Spirit. Through the Tabernacle prayer I became more aware of the power of the cross of Jesus, the life in the word of God, the power and importance of the Holy Spirit in my prayer time and every moment of the day, and a deeper understanding of God the Father as loving, friendly, compassionate, kind, patient and so full of humor. God makes me laugh!
Enter the Holy of Holies in Tabernacle Prayer
In the Book of Revelation, John describes being on earth and suddenly being transported in a vision. In the movie, Apocalypse, these scenes come alive as John (played by Richard Harris) enters the tabernacle in the heavenly realm. As you watch the vision in the video below, Paul Wilbur sings “I Enter The Holy of Holies.”
Just like John . . . the Holy Spirit can use visions which take you through the heavenly tabernacle into the Holy of Holies. Scripture verses and symbols will come alive.
We are now the Tabernacle/Temple
Courtyard/Outer Court: represents Our Bodies
Romans 12:1 KJV“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1 Cor.6:19-20 “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
When I start my quiet time, my commune with God, I see myself before the tabernacle of God, (Rev. 15:5-8). I enter into the courtyard with praise and worship. Psalm 100:4 NIV “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.”
As I enter with praise and worship, I see the Brazen altar where Jesus died. I see this with the eyes of my spirit, using vision not physically. Someone asked me, how do you see this? I will talk about that later on.
The brazen altar is the cross of Jesus where His blood was shed for me and you. That blood is speaking in the throne room of God everyday on our behalf (Hebrews 12:24). I have to stop at the cross, recognize the death of Jesus for me if I want to know God deeper and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Brazen Altar is a representation of Jesus’ death on the cross, He was the sacrificial Lamb of God. The final sacrifice for the “atonement” from all our sins (Rev.5, John 1:34,36).
In my Tabernacle Prayer, with the eyes of my spirit, I see the cross. I see the blood of Jesus and His sufferings for me. Therefore I can receive freedom and deliverance from bondage and shackles of the kingdom of darkness.
I don’t know about you, maybe you have been holy and righteous all your life, and your ancestors were saints of the Lord, I think that is awesome! But my case was not like that, I know my background and my ancestral history. There were sins & curses that were passed down from generations to generations.
Sometimes we cannot see these sins and curses with our physical eyes because they were not committed by us, but I tell you they are counting against us. Satan has a record of covenants & promises that were made on our behalf, and atrocities committed by our ancestors before we were born.
So with all the generational sins and curses, added with my own sins, that was a full package. If the foundation is destroyed what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3
God in His mercies overtook and delivered me, He set me free, purchased me through the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. “Whoever the Son sets free is free indeed.” John 8:36
The way I see it, I cannot go straight into the Holy place or enter the presence of God without recognizing the blood of the Lamb of God. I stop before the cross of Jesus to give Him honor and I reverence Him. Before I move on, I claim the power and the divine exchange in that blood that was shed for me . . . not only for myself but for my household.
The Brazen Laver: represents Cleansing and Sanctification
Cleansing: Ephes.5:26-27 “that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word…”
Sanctification: John 17:17 “Jesus said “Sanctify them by thy truth; your word is truth. ESV.
My Prayer at the Brazen Laver in the Tabernacle Prayer
When I get here I see the blood of Jesus with the eyes of my spirit. The blood that cleanses, sanctify and qualify me to go into the presence of the Heavenly Father. I repent of all my sins here, because the Bible says we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). I then ask for the forgiveness of my sins, and unrighteousness. I ask God to search my heart, to see if there are any sins I have covered up or not repented of.
At this stage if there are any unconfessed sins in my life or disobedience, the Lord will show me. I immediately repent and cleanse myself with the blood of Jesus. I wait here before God and tune in to see what He is telling me. When I say tune in, I mean I am still & quiet in His presence and I am focused on Him, to hear His voice.
I cannot go into the Holy place without repentance and confession of my sins. Afterwards, I am ready to go inside the Tabernacle into the Holy Place. I see myself as a Priest of Jehovah God; I smile, my heart is bubbling with joy as I step inside the Holy place.
Entering the Holy place in the Tabernacle Prayer
The Holy Place is symbolic for our soul (in our soul is the mind, intellect, will, emotions, decision making, & personality}. The Holy Spirit is the Seven fold Spirit of God that lightens up the Holy place. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12 ) and through His Spirit He dwells inside us.
There are three items in the Holy Place; The Seven Golden Lampstand/candlesticks, the Table of Shewbread, and the Altar of Incense.
The Seven Golden Lampstand/candlesticks: symbolic for the Holy Spirit
My Prayer before the Seven Golden Lampstand in the Tabernacle Prayer:
When I enter into the Holy place I stand before the seven golden Lampstand/candlesticks representing the Holy Spirit of God. I stand before the Holy Spirit.
What I see here with the eyes of my spirit is all light, bright shining light. God is light and in Him is no darkness (1 John 1:5). I worship the Holy Spirit of God, I reverence Him and I recognize Him as God the Holy Spirit.
I tell Him I love Him not only because I do but because He deserves to know that I love Him. He has emotions, that is why the Bible warns us not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:30).
He is my helper, without Him there is practically nothing whether great or small that I can do or achieve without His help and guidance. So, I do not walk passed him when I pray. I recognize Him and I shower Him with my love because He is very important to me.
I also ask Him to fill me with His fullness; the seven fold Spirits of God which was upon Jesus (Isaiah 61:1-2). I need His holiness (for me to walk uprightly in obedience to God), wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, power/might, fear of the Lord . . . which is the beginning of wisdom.
I also ask Him to fill the five senses of my spirit, because I am a spirit being. We are all spirit beings. Though our flesh is what we see on the outside . . . we have the breath of God in each one of us, our spirit (Job 33:4).
I now surrender my five senses of the spirit to the Holy Spirit, namely; the eyes of my spirit, the ears of my spirit, the will of my spirit, the mind of my spirit and the emotions of my spirit. I ask Him to fill them all with His fullness.
Practicing this every day has helped me to develop the five senses of my spirit. I could not have done this without the Holy Spirit, though I cannot say I am finally there. I am still growing, but I am no longer where I used to be; spiritually naive and ignorant.
The Table of Shewbread: represents fellowship with the body of Christ, the bread is the word of God. There are 12 loaves of bread on the table. The priests partake of the bread here together every Sabbath day.
My Prayer here at the Table of Shewbread:
When I get to the table of shewbread, I see with the eyes of my spirit the Lord Jesus sitting at the table, and I sit down with Him. I thank Him for being the word of God (John 1:1), I thank Him for the fellowship I have with the body of Christ through Him. Here, I worship Jesus for being the bread of life; the word of God. I ask Him to help me to abide in the word and be obedient to His word.
I ask Him to help me daily to continue being in unity, and to walk in love with the members of His body. I also pray that I will not hold grudges in my heart against anyone, and that I will be quick to forgive others and walk in love. I also pray for grace to hold the body of Christ in prayer for the furtherance of His Kingdom.
The Altar of Incense: represents Worship and Prayer (Exodus 30:34-38)
The Altar of Incense is the last item I see before going into the Holy of Holies. With the eyes of my spirit, I see the Altar of worship, a place where God should be worshiped and exalted.
I see myself face down prostrate before Him and I am in awe of His majestic presence. I just bow before Him in humility, giving Him all the glory that He deserves. I know the words of my mouth are not enough to exalt Him, so I pick up my Bible and I open to Revelations 4 and I read it loud. I sing holy, holy to His name joining with all the angels and the 24 elders with the 4 creatures before His throne.
I confess Exodus 20:1-5 “You are the Lord my God, who brought me out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You purchased me with the blood of your Son out of bondage from the kingdom of darkness.
You gave me freedom and liberty in your Kingdom. I will have no other gods before You. I will not make for myself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. I will never serve them, bow down to them or worship them, You alone are my God and I will always worship You….’’ (this is my personalized version).
Holy of Holies: represents my communing with God, Spirit to Spirit
When I enter into the Holy of Holies I feel very free to walk in (Romans 8:15), the veil is no more there, so I can come freely before God in all His glory. I see God the Father seated on the throne with the eyes of my spirit and sometimes I sit on His lap. I just enjoy His presence as we chat.
Sometimes when I get before Him, I am like a little child that just wants to be hugged. I do not plan my speech before I get before the Father, because this is not an an interview.
I just express myself the way I am and how I feel. If I feel angry or troubled, disappointed about things, I tell the Father how I feel. We talk about it. If I feel like crying, I cry before Him, I do not hold it back.
I know He will never make fun of me or make me feel unloved. Sometimes I just sit in His presence to hear what is on His heart. I listen to Him and I write down what He is telling me in my journal. If I have a question, I ask Him and journal our conversation. This is the time when I journal in my Tabernacle Prayer.
In conclusion, how do I see with the eyes of my spirit, hear with the ears of my Spirit, feel with the emotion of my spirit, sense with the mind of my spirit, and know with the will of my spirit what God is saying to me or showing me? (Read Habakkuk 2:1-2)
We have to surrender all our faculties to the Lord on a regular basis so He can fill them up. This is something we all have to learn to do, some of us are right brainers and some of us are left brainers. With God’s help we can balance both sides of our brain so they can be used for God’s glory as we continue in our relationship with Him.
I believe anybody can see with the eyes of their spirit. It’s not only for a selective number of people in the body of Christ, it is for all of us as long as we are born again and have the Holy Spirit living in us. The Spirit will guide our five senses as we surrender to Him and practice His presence.
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