Praying Under an Open Heaven

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


Rend the Heavens and Come Down 

In this prayer for God to “rend the heavens and come down,” I believe Isaiah was reflecting upon a previous experience in his life. Recorded in Isaiah 6:1-8, he had been caught up into heaven and received the commission and anointing for his life and prophetic ministry. Along with the remarkable heavenly panorama, he described an overwhelming awareness of sin while standing in the holiness of God. He thought he would surely die, but also found grace there, as his sin was purged with holy fire. It was in this place that his life and destiny were forever changed! 

Pay careful attention to what the angels were crying to one another. Notice they didn’t say, “Heaven is full of His glory”. Rather, they said, “The earth is full of His glory.” This was a prophetic insight into a time that is coming, described in Habakkuk 2:14 KJV, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” 

When Isaiah prayed for God to rend the heavens and come down, he was saying in essence, “Lord, if the earth is going to be filled with Your glory, You must rend the heavens and come down!” Isaiah realized this rending would be necessary for God to fulfill His plan for this world.

My friends, Isaiah’s prayer was answered 2,000 years ago! God truly did rend the heavens and come down through Jesus Christ. Could there be a more dramatic rending than what happened at Calvary? The earth was split, the veil in the temple was rent from top to bottom, and the precious body of Jesus was broken in order that heaven might invade the earth. God has come down and destroyed that ancient barrier between heaven and earth, and today all the riches of God are available to those who will take them, by faith, through prayer.