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Building a House of Prayer

Eighteen Prayer Models for Approaching God’s Throne

Author | Dr. Joshua Young-Gi Hong

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“Our fate in this world will be determined by our prayer.”—Rahbach

Visualization Prayer literally means imagining and visualizing a person or event when praying to God. Meditation Prayer is based on meditating on God’s Word and focusing on the conversation with Him. On the other hand, Visualization Prayer must evoke a scene like a picture and put oneself in the scene to invite Jesus in the prayer. Only those Christians who have been trained in Meditation Prayer and prayer in silence can effectively carry out the Visualization Prayer. Both Meditation Prayer and Visualization Prayer require a holy imagination.

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There are two kinds of Visualization Prayer. The first is the Bible Visualization Prayer and the second is Jesus Visualization Prayer. In the Bible Visualization Prayer you read the biblical text and put yourself in the biblical scene. Jesus Visualization Prayer invites Jesus into a person or a scene in the prayer. You imagine a situation while conversing with the Lord.

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Bible Visualization Prayer: Make a Trip Back to Biblical Times

First, a biblical text must be chosen to imagine a scene. Then, take the time-machine and fly into the biblical scene. The biblical text must fit the prayer topic. For example, when you are in the midst of a stormy period in your life and no one can help you through the fear you are suffering, offer a Visualization Prayer with the text of Luke 8:22-25.

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Read this text carefully. Now, imagine yourself as a disciple of Jesus and go into the biblical scene. For the sake of convenience you will be called Young-Gi.

Young-Gi gets on a boat with Jesus. Young-Gi looks at the Sea of Galilee.

It is very clean and calm. Jesus says, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” Jesus was about to go into the region of the Gerasenes. Young-Gi starts a light conversation with the disciples on the boat. He talks about the meaning of what Jesus taught just moments ago using a parable of a farmer sowing seed. Young-Gi looks at Jesus, who must have been tired of continuous teaching. The Lord was sleeping and resting his head on a board at the stern, using it as a pillow.

Some time passed by, and the boat was at the middle of the lake. All of a sudden, a storm came down on the lake. Water began to splash into the boat. It was on the verge of sinking. A fear overcame Young-Gi. Some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen at the Sea of Galilee and were used to the changing weather and storms. However, they had never seen such a raging squall. Young-Gi was very afraid; he tries to wake up Jesus with the other disciples. Up until the very moment the boat was about to flip over, Jesus was sleeping in peace. Young-Gi thinks to himself, “The boat is about sink and a raging squall is blowing the ship, and yet, he is sleeping in peace.” Young-Gi and the disciples desperately try to wake up Jesus and cry out, “Lord, we are about to die!”

At that moment, the Lord wakes up. And he rebukes the wind and the raging waters, “Be calm, the lake. Be calm, the lake.” With one word from Jesus, the raging waves stop, and the lake is calm again. Young-Gi was so amazed and the disciples were looking at each other in complete amazement. “What? How can this happen?” Then, Jesus reprimands each disciple one by one. “Young-Gi, where is your faith? Until now, I have shown you so many miracles. Don’t you know I am your Savior and the Lord of life? Don’t you know I have the power to rule over all creatures and nature in the universe?”

Young-Gi confesses. “O, Lord, forgive me. I forgot you rule over every creature in the universe as the King of kings and the Lord of all lords, I believe the storm in my life that I am experiencing is also in your hands. I don’t fear anything as long as the Lord is with me. I do not have to worry and don’t have to be afraid of anything. Every misfortune in my life is subject to your power. I believe in you. Lord, please help me.”

In this last scene, you will give a confession of your faith and a prayer from the bottom of your heart to the Lord as much as you can. You have to tell God all your heart. You have to “pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord” (Lamentations 2:19). Then, as you hear the Lord’s reprimand for lack of faith, you should gain new strength in your faith. The Visualization Prayer that you have been introduced is an example. You may give Visualization Prayer with many different scenes in the Bible.

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Jesus Visualization Prayer: Inviting Jesus

Jesus Visualization Prayer is a prayer of imagination, invitation, and conversation with Jesus about the person or thing for which you want to pray. For example, let’s suppose you have a person whom you hate. However, you know that the Lord wants you to forgive him. Now, we can offer a prayer for the person through a Visualization Prayer.

Draw a mental picture of Jesus standing in front of you. Then, bring the person whom you dislike into the scene of imagination. Tell the person frankly in your mind, “How could you have done this to me? You really hurt me. I hate you and do not want to see you.” At this point, it is necessary to reveal all your negative feelings about the person.

After you tell the person how you feel, then look at the Lord and tell Him. “Lord, this person hurt me and I do not want see him or her honestly. However, I know you love this person and you want me to love him or her. Please lay your hands on me so that the current of God’s love can flow in me. Please melt my heart and make me strong and courageous.” Then, imagine Jesus stretching His hands and telling you, “My beloved Child, I love you.” Then, imagine the Lord, holding the hands of the person whom you do not like and are praying for. After this Visualization Prayer, offer a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord.

I will offer you another example of Visualization Prayer. For instance, you want to pray for a sick person. Now, imagine the sick person. He is crying out in pain. Invite Jesus next to him or her. You can see Jesus standing next to the person. Tell the Lord, “Lord, you see this person. He is too pitiful. If you don’t heal him, he cannot be healed. Lord, please lay your hands on him. You are the Lord, Yahweh Rapha, God of Healing, aren’t you? Please have mercy on this person and heal him.”

Now, you will imagine Jesus reaching out his hands to the person. The Lord holds the hands of the sick in His right hand. Then, He stretches out His hands on the afflicted body part. Then, He goes on to say, “My beloved Child, you look so pitiful. I will heal you. You will be healthy from this moment.” At this moment, he is healed of his sickness and is embraced by God. After giving this Visualization Prayer, you need a prayer of thanksgiving to God. There should be a confession of thanksgiving and praise to God for healing the person. A Jesus Visualization Prayer can be applied to your prayer topic. If you are praying for the salvation of others, then you can visualize the Lord coming into them to change their spirit so that they may repent and become a born-again Christian.

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The Power of Visualization

There are many cases in which God uses our visualization or dream to answer our prayer or give a message to us. When the Apostle Paul was being persecuted for spreading the gospel in Corinth, God appeared in his vision and gave him a message of consolation, “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10). The Apostle Paul regained his strength to spread the gospel and nurture Christians through this vision.

I used to suffer from epilepsy, which was an incurable disease back when I was in elementary school. My parents took me to many hospitals to find a cure but it seemed that there was no cure for this disease. There were times when I had an episode of epilepsy while brushing my teeth or playing with my friends. I can still remember the shame and desperation that I had felt then.

My mother prayed in tears for me. Then, my mother saw a vision of the Lord while she was praying at a Wednesday evening worship service at Yoido Full Gospel Church. Jesus was standing at the master bedroom of my home. The Lord was wearing a white sackcloth. There were marks where the nails had pierced His hands on the Cross. His clothes and face were shining with an indescribable brightness. I was kneeling in front of the Lord. The Lord approached me step by step and told me, “My beloved Young-Gi, I will heal you.”

My mother told me this when she returned from the church after seeing the vision. “Young-Gi, you are healed. The Lord will heal you.” Amazingly, as the Lord promised in the vision, I was healed completely right after this vision. There were no more fits, and I was completely cured. God also gave me wisdom as His gift. Before this healing, I was an average student at school. After this healing, I began to be ranked within the fifth in the class. I had a firm conviction that God healed me with the vision of answering our prayers. Thus, my first experience of God was that God has a power to heal. “There is nothing impossible in God’s hands. Everything depends on Him.” I have had this conviction since then.

Of course, the Visualization Prayer differs from a vision that God shows us. It is a vision that you draw yourself as you pray. Nevertheless, it is a visualization of faith. Because it is faithful visualization from His words in the Bible, it is different from daydreaming or fantasy. It can be viewed as a prayer in which the principle of looking at the spiritual world is applied.

Checkpoint of Prayer

Until now, I have introduced and suggested only a few examples as methods of Visualization Prayer. There are no specific rules for Visualization Prayer. As you get more training while seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will gradually realize its effectiveness and develop the personal methods of how to do it. Farfetched Visualization Prayer can make you fall into a snare of mysticism. Thus, it is absolutely necessary to seek the help of the Holy Spirit. Additionally, in order to give an effective Visualization Prayer, you need to organize your surroundings. It is for this reason that a monastery lights a candle and makes an altar. It would be great if you could make an environment and surroundings that can instill and invoke a holy imagination.

Sweet Rain of Grace

A Visualization Prayer maximizes your spiritual imagination. Thus, it is effective in multiplying one’s power of looking at the spiritual world. As you get accustomed to the Visualization Prayer, you can develop a deeper spirituality.

Praying Time

The duration for Visualization Prayer should not be too long. It is difficult to use our imagination and visualize continuously. To start off, allow about fifteen minutes for the first Visualization Prayer. As you get used to it, you may be able to increase the praying time.

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  • Visualization Prayer literally means imagining a person, event, or a biblical scene when praying to God about it.
  • Example of a Visualization Prayer
    >> Imagine and visualize Jesus, laying His hands and the blood from the Cross on your mother who is suffering from an illness.
  • My Visualization Prayer:
  • The Order of a Visualization Prayer
    >> Praise (Hymn or Chorus)
    >> Confession of Thanksgiving
    >> Reading a prepared Visualization Prayer
    >> Carrying out the Visualization Prayer
  • Self-illumination
    >> Have I been trained in Meditation Prayer before giving the Visualization Prayer?
    >> Are my surrounding and environment well-organized and conducive to prayer?
    >> Have I started the prayer while seeking the help of the Holy Spirit?
    >> How often do I meditate on Jesus?

One Last Word on Visualization Prayer

Only Christians who have been trained in Meditation Prayer and prayer in silence can effectively carry out the Visualization Prayer.

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