This morning as I prayed (specifically during my prayers for Europe and for her missionaries and pastors), I had a vision:
I was kneeling at the side of my bed, and behind me I saw in my spirit a very bright ball of light about a yard in diameter, and at a distance of about 20 yards. The light suddenly sped toward me and then suddenly I was riding it (in the same kneeling posture) like on a motorcycle, only it was much faster. And it went zipping here and there.
It was thrilling! But what did it mean? As I continued praying, I remembered the advice I had recently heard: that we are to pray more and more in tongues in these last days. Why? Because that’s the only way to guarantee that we are praying the will of God: when the Holy Spirit is doing the praying for us. The world is becoming so infected with the enemy’s deception that there are times when he’s able to deceive us, too. So praying in tongues becomes more important for us now than ever before.
Now, for me the only problem is that my prayer language is very limited. It started as a single three word phrase that was expanded to five brief phrases, repeated again and again. Of course, all this is a matter of faith, and I shouldn’t try to analyze it with my human understanding. But analyze is exactly what my mind did and continued to do. For me there was the problem of Matthew 6:7-8:
When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Instead of the word babbling, the King James Version says “vain repetitions.” So this was a problem for me because a few words or even phrases repeated and repeated, especially in a language I don’t know, felt like babbling and vain repetition. So today I just asked the Lord why and what value do these few phrases have when repeated and repeated.
His answer stunned me: He said that as Heaven is extradimensional (that is, existing outside of and beyond our three dimensions plus time), so the language of Heaven is extradimensional. Thus, the cherubim eternally repeating, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” is not the repetition it seems to be to our ears. Instead what we are hearing as repetition is actually an extradimensional echo of Heavenly language.
Immediately I remembered a recent vision that I had of the Temple in Heaven. (I did not physically go to Heaven, but instead, Heaven’s veil was opened for me to take a peek at the Temple.) What I saw almost defies description, but I’m going to attempt to explain it as best I can from my limited three-dimensional perspective. For those who do not have an understanding of extradimensionality, follow this link to see visual representations of what one step up in dimensions would look like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-dimensional_space (especially instructive is the diagram halfway down the page that shows a cube from different angles in three dimensions and a four-dimensional cube (or hypercube) from the same angle).
What I saw was the Temple as represented in drawings in the back of many Bibles: the Outer Court, the Inner Court, and the Holy Place. But instead of being set on the ground, where you enter by walking in, it was sort of like concentric cubes (cubes within cubes), the Outer Court cube, the Inner Court cube (completely inside the Outer Court cube), and the Holy Place cube (completely inside the Inner Court cube). And I went through the court cubes from above at an angle. It felt strange and familiar at the same time, sort of like how dreams feel.
So today’s lesson is to pray in tongues. It’s more important now than ever before. And don’t be bothered if it seems repetitive, that is just Heaven’s echo effect. God is good!