Day 1: Prayer to be men on earth with God’s heart
Pray that we will be in our spirit in order to be men on earth with God’s heart, men to whom heaven can be opened to see the vision of God concerning the destiny of the world, who see that the world situation is the indicator of God’s move on earth, and who realize that all the major events of human history have been arranged and matched by God in His sovereign authority for His move on earth—Rev. 4:2; Ezek. 1:1; Acts 17:26-27; Dan. 2:34-35; 5:30-31 (and verse 30, footnote 1).
Rev. 4:2—Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting.
Ezek. 1:1—Now in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth of the month, while I was among the captives by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.
Acts 17:26-27—And He made from one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, determining beforehand their appointed seasons and the boundaries of their dwelling, that they might seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, even though He is not far from each one of us.
Dan. 2:34-35—You were watching until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the image at its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed all at once, and they became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Dan. 5:30-31—In that very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two.
Footnote 5:301—This ended the Babylonian Empire. God used the Babylonian Empire for the purpose of carrying His corrupted and defeated elect into captivity. Near the end of the seventy years of their captivity, God caused the Medes and the Persians to become one for the purpose of ending the Babylonian Empire and releasing His people from their captivity in Babylon (Ezra 1:1-4). This is an illustration of how all kings and kingdoms are under God’s administration. See note 261 in chapter 4.
Day 5: Prayer to see the excellent Christ
Pray that we will see the precious, excellent, and enthroned Christ—the God-man, the mingling of God and man, the centrality and universality of God’s move to carry out His economy, the worthy Lion-Lamb, the King of kings and Lord of lords—as the preeminent One in the spiritual scene behind the world situation and the center of God’s administration according to His eternal economy (Dan. 10:5-6; Rev. 5:5-6, 12; 17:14).
Dan. 10:5-6—I lifted up my eyes and I looked, and there was a certain man, clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with the fine gold of Uphaz. His body also was like beryl, His face like the appearance of lightning, His eyes like torches of fire, His arms and His feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of His words like the sound of a multitude.
Rev. 5:5-6—And one of the elders said to me, Do not weep; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals. And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev. 5:12—Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb who has been slain to receive the power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.
Rev. 17:14—These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and they who are with Him, the called and chosen and faithful, will also overcome them.
Day 6: Prayer for a clear view of the divine history within human history
Pray that we will have a clear view of the inward divine history within the outward human history, the divine history being primarily the history of God in man, beginning from Christ’s incarnation through His ascension to become the life-giving Spirit, continuing with His indwelling His believers through God’s organic salvation to make the believers the glorious bride of Christ, culminating in Christ as the Spirit marrying the church as the bride, and ultimately consummating in the New Jerusalem as the bride, the wife of the Lamb, at the end of the thousand-year kingdom (John 1:14a; 1 Cor. 15:45b; Col. 1:27; Eph. 5:27; Rev. 19:7; 22:17; 21:9-10).
John 1:14a—And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.
1 Cor. 15:45b—The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
Col. 1:27—To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Eph. 5:27—That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
Rev. 19:7—Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev. 22:17—And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who is thirsty come; let him who wills take the water of life freely.
Rev. 21:9-10—And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
Day 7: Prayer to live in the divine history
Pray that we will live not merely in the outward human history but even more in the inward divine history, that is, in the church, writing God’s today’s history by being one with God in His history to carry out His ultimate move in His economy, which is focused on His central work—to work Himself in Christ into us, His chosen and redeemed people, making Himself one with us to be our life, life supply, and everything for His expression (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:17; Eph. 3:16-17a, 19b, 21a; 4:15-16).
Rom. 12:1-2—I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
1 Cor. 1:2—To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours.
1 Cor. 6:17—But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
Eph. 3:16-17a, 19b, 21a—That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, that Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith...that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God...To Him be the glory in the church.
Eph. 4:15-16—But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ, out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.