When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Eight years ago, my congregation at the time hosted a Lutheran Charismatic Convention. The planning was covered in prayer constantly and the team experienced ‘heaven opening’ over us many times. We also had personal experiences. For me, it was not long before the conference that I sat down in a café to read a book by the keynote speaker, ‘Surprised by the Spirit’, by Pastor Edgar Mayer. I sat with people all around me and opened the book, the Spirit of God came upon me. I would have fallen had I not spread my feet wider on the floor and my arms on the table. God wanted me to know something deep in my soul that I had, to this point, kept only in my head. Because Jesus is the beloved Son of God, all those who have been baptised into Christ Jesus, are the Father’s beloved sons and daughters.
Heaven is open over us, whatever we faithfully ask for in his name he will supply.
As we proactively follow the Spirit that has taken up residence within us through baptism, we will experience heaven opening for us. We will experience God’s kingdom near us and within us.
When we pray ‘give us this day our daily bread’, the New Testament Greek more fully states that this daily bread is ‘supersubstantial’. That is, heaven is open to those who have faith and trust that God is at work supplying, transforming, and raising up his people every day. He makes our souls buoyant by bringing hope alive.
Father, in Jesus mighty name, give us your church, our daily, supersubstantial supply, that the kingdom may be seen and experienced by many. May the power of your Spirit and the life of your Word take root in each of us more deeply so that our lives will reveal us as your children. Amen.
Today's devotion provided by David Schuppan, LifeWay Illawarra Site Pastor