It has been a long time since we started this series about a place God said would be a restorative refuge for me. Since that day, God has not allowed me to return and there is no timeline visible to know whether I am near or far.
This project qualifies for what Eugene Peterson called “a long obedience in the same direction.” The payoffs for those long obediences tend to be massive so we will continue to lean into this one. I am so appreciative of the people who check this daily and join us in focused prayer.
We began with cleansing prayers for land, boundaries and nature, then I worked through all 400 verses that refer to peace and have selected 54 which were the basis of individual peace blessings. Now it time to move to a completely new category of blessings.
The focus will be “on ramps to heaven.” This refers to the methods we use to cross the line from the natural to the spiritual realms. In our culture, the dominant on ramp is corporate musical worship. There are many people who cannot connect with God spiritually unless they are in the context of a group, musical, spiritual event.
This is a very legitimate on ramp, but far from the only one. We need to explore the many other ways in which God designed us to be in touch with the heavenly realms using our spirit, not just our mind.
I want to do this in the context of the gift of Mercy of Balmoral. The Mercy gift is designed to have an intense relationship with the spiritual realm, making the connection between heaven and earth quite normative, rather than exceptional. To do that, they have to provide the largest collection of on ramps of any community.
There is another side to the Mercy equation and that is their ability to form an ecosystem that is widely and mutually life giving. That involves getting the right people in the right place at the right time.
So we are going to add some warfare to our blessings. Everyone has a place where they can thrive spiritually. As you look at God’s interactions with humanity, He adapted His communication to their specific place in life. At times He used the drama of earthquakes and fire. Other times the still small voice. Sometimes He came dressed as a human, and other times He was merely a voice in the night.
Specifically, the spiritual dynamics we are building into Balmoral are not a one size fits all. Although all of those things are good, not all of those things will draw all of the people to the King. So we are going to begin to pray people out and in.
Simply ask God every day to remove everyone from this community who is not thriving there and who will not be able to thrive. Ask Him to move them to the community which He has prepared for them, so they can meet Him in the way that is right for them.
And since nature abhors a vacuum, we must pray in the replacement people. On the one hand, we will pray generally asking God to bring in those whom He has prepared to be part of the Mercy ecosystem of the community — each one receiving and giving in the right key of music.
But beyond that, we will be exploring the different on ramps revealed in Scripture, and we will ask God to send those kinds of people to Balmoral so that everyone who does not know the King can find someone who sings the gospel song in their key of music.
It is quite exciting to watch this happen. In one city where a small team began praying this, the apartment owners’ association reported with shock that there was a huge transition of people during the two months of the year when typically there is the lowest level of turnover.
God knows where each person can meet Him best, so let’s pray His will into reality as people are moved out of the city who will never connect with God and God’s purposes there, and then move into the city from anywhere in the world, those who have a divine appointment with the Kingdom of God on that land.
The posts for the next several months will each highlight a God-ordained on ramp as incarnated in Scripture. We will bless the community with that kind of person moving in each time there is a new post, but running in the background continually should be our prayer for God to move people out in order to make a place for the new ones coming in.
Copyright September 2011 by Arthur Burk
Sapphire Leadership Group, Inc.