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OPENING THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN

July 23, 2019

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Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

While these words in Malachi were addressed to Israel and thus apply primarily to them, as with all Scripture, while there is one accurate interpretation, there can be many applications. Such is the case with this beautiful promise. Note that it is a conditional promise calling for one to bring the whole tithe to God, which in context refers to money and/or sacrificial animals. But the principle of offering up sacrifices to the Lord also applies to our prayers.

As someone wrote “Prayer is the offering of our sincere desires to God. It involves a sense of our unworthiness and necessities.” And so are not our prayers an offering from our heart to God even as are our gifts of money, etc? Indeed, our prayers are a spiritual offering. If God calls us to honor Him by bringing the “tithe into the storehouse,” it begs the question “What about the “tithe” so to speak of my prayers?” “Am I bringing my prayers into the storehouse (cf the “storehouse” in Rev 8:3-4 = “the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.”)? In Hebrews 13:15 we see the exhortation “Through Him (Christ our Mediator) then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” And Peter writes “you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Pe 2:5) James Rosscup elaborates on the spiritual sacrifices believers are now to offer up to God…

To offer up is in the aorist tense, describing the entire process of the ongoing worship as comprising one composite unit, even with its many parts. The sacrifices are spiritual, in contrast to OT material sacrifices of bulls, goats, lambs, birds, and meal (Lev. 1–5). Even in the OT times God discerned when worship was with sacrifices coming spiritually from the heart (Ps. 51:17). Of this nature, the present aspects of worship are the many spiritual ministrations believers present to God, many in prayers…When these take the form of prayers, they are committed to the God Who delights in these as in the sweet incense and the morning sacrifice when these were pure in OT days (Ps 141:2). A part of them are what the writer to the Hebrews describes as “the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name” (Heb 13:15). (An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible)

And so surely our prayers are an offering of spiritual sacrifices to the Almighty God. What would be the efficacy of prayers (“large petitions”) like Colossians 1:9-14 if we offered them up to God as our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving? Would not our Almighty God Whose works are great and marvelous (Rev 15:3) be pleased to open up “the windows of heaven and pour out for (us) a blessing until it overflows.”? And how can we be confident God will answer according to this promise in His Word? Because of His faithfulness to His own word which says “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will (which is seen in His Word, like Col 1:9-14), He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (1 John 5:14-15) Beloved, may God be pleased to open the windows of Heaven and pour out upon us the spiritual blessings including the blessing of personal, corporate and national revival in Jesus’ Name. Amen

Worship Him today by singing the beautiful hymn “Come My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare” from John Newton which includes these great words regarding our prayers to the King…

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much;
None can ever ask too much.

Here is the link to this great hymn…
https://mattforeman.bandcamp.com/track/come-my-soul

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  1. Dorothy Obenski permalink

    I love this!

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