Pray in Heaven???
Pray in Heaven???
Dedicated to Reece.
For those who have departed they will be greatly missed. In our prayers we pray that loved ones don’t forget us down here. Most of them if they are still with us make the eternal promise to keep praying for you. What do you think? Do they pray, do they remember you? These questions will never be answered during our life time, however, open for much debate just the same.
As for myself, I used to hope that the departed would be prayer warriors and continually lift me up for help with whatever problems I was facing. After all, they loved me down here they would not stop now, would they?
As I matured and the loved ones in my life kept passing, I soon stopped requesting they pray. Instead the request was “remember to say Hi to mom and dad, tell them I love them! However the list kept getting longer as dear ones departed.
Nearing the end…
Recently, I had a blessed and life changing experience with the passing of a dear friend. Prior to his death, our conversations spanned many pressing issues on both our minds. God being the highest priority, making sure we are doing, and in his case, have done all he could do to finish his work here. One particular evening a few days before his passing, I shared with him my most intimate and pressing concerns. At this time, he could hear me, but could not speak. I admitted my fears, sorrows and concerns about myself, loved ones and this worlds desperate need of answers and help from God.
As I lay with my head on his shoulder the warmth of his tears against my cheek blended with my own. This man loved his God, family country and related back to me with his compassion and understanding without a word spoken. We laid there quietly holding hands in a bond of love and companionship growing together as life was slipping by.
The last passage...
The time of his passing came a day or two later, I was blessed to be by his side. Again, he could not speak but was coherent. I held his face in my hands and with every strained breath he took, I reminded him of the many requests I placed on his heart and the promises he knew from God to be true. I joked with him trying to lighten his fear, reminding him to tell God “we could really use some help with the mess down here”! Assuring him his wonderful job on earth was done, that his beautiful family will now live with his spirit, it was his time to be with the One who loves him the most.
I was in quite a glorious position, holding onto a soul as it prepares for the final passage to our heavenly Father. With the power of the Holy Spirit so present in the room, it was revealed to me the awesome journey he was nearing, the further he slipped away. I repeatedly told him as we never lost eye contact …”it’s all good” the Holy Spirit is here I could only feel it, I hoped he could see it! I knew from the awesome Presence in the room he was going home. A smile never left my face; I was so excited for him. I told him, when he couldn’t see me anymore, the angels would guide him the rest of the way home! With his last breath, the sparkle in his eyes disappeared. In the room I could once again feel the cool air and the material things around me. the colors were bland. I realized again my foot was touching a hard floor. He was gone and now through the gates of Heaven.
So do you think he prays for his loved ones? I don’t think so. He now is in a position to Praise, Praise, and Praise! He made it! He trusted God to take care of him on earth and has the assurance that God will continue to do the same for his loved ones. Is there really a need to pray in heaven, when you now are assured that God has got it covered? Praise, Praise and Praise , is what I believe to be the protocol in heaven. Praise for being in His mighty presence, Praise for the compassion God continually shows, Praise for His control over all that you left behind, granting you perfect peace in the perfect home place!
Remember home is where the heart is. Does your heart belong to Jesus???