Hello folks, and a happy Sunday to you all.
This is a short exhortation my pastor gave in church a couple of years ago and I thought I should share with you this morning.
The ladder therefore signifies the “bridge” between Heaven and earth, as prayers and sacrifices offered in the Holy Temple soldered a connection between God and the Jewish people. Moreover, the ladder alludes to the giving of the Torah as another connection between heaven and earth.
Did you know that everyone has a Jacob’s Ladder linked to his or her Life?
Do you also remember the story of Jacob in the bible?
The scripture tells a story about how Jacob run away from home because he had stolen his brother’s blessings and birthright.
His brother Esau was very angry with him and wanted to kill him so he had to go to a different town, far away from home and his angry brother Esau. (Gen 28: 10-22).
Scripture tells us that on his way to his relatives at Haran, Jacob spent the night near Luz, where he slept on the bare floor and used a piece of rock for a pillow.
In his sleep, he dreamed and had a vision in which he saw a ladder between heaven and earth.
God was standing at the top of the ladder and His angels were ascending and descending that ladder. In the dream, God Promised him that He will keep his Covenant of support which He made with his father and grandfather.
The ladder represents the connection between God and man. It demonstrates that the God who created the universe desires an intimate relationship with his creation, especially mankind, and most importantly, that he is the one who initiates that connection, conversation, and relationship.
Jacob woke up from the dream and vowed his unflinching Faithfulness to God.
This Jacob’s Ladder in our lives is a link which connects us to the kingdom of Heaven where God is always present to listen to our Prayers and send down our Requests.
But unknowing to us, satan also steals his way through this same ladder to attack, destroy and try to collect what God has sent down to us through this ladder.
Satan sometimes blocks the prayer as it ascends the ladder to God hence some of them do not reach up to Him.
It’s a spiritual battle which is being waged between the army of God and the army of satan, (Eph 6:11-12) and so there is the need to continue praying without ceasing.
Whenever we fast and pray, it’s like waking up in the middle of the night to fire warning shots from your gun to ward of thieves and armed robbers who might be lurking in the dark, waiting to attack your household.
The enemy hears the shots fired from the gun and runs away to another place.
Therefore, when ever you wake up at night to pray, even if it’s for just 5 or 10 minutes, it’s like you are firing spiritual warning shots at the devil and his agents; warning them to Keep Off!
That’s the reason why the bible says we should pray without ceasing. (LK 18:1).
While this story of Jacob’s Ladder clearly signifies the covenant made between God and Israel, many biblical scholars point to the deeper foreshadowing of the new covenant that would be forged in by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As Jacob’s Ladder represented the connection between God and man, so Christ Jesus would become the spiritual connection, mediator, and ladder to bridge the gap between God and men created by sin.
So folks, now that you know about the significance of Jacob’s Ladder in your life, what are you doing about it to safe-guard it from being accessed by the devil and his agents?
1. Simply keep on praying and fasting whenever you can.
2. Don’t wait until your church is embarking on a prayer and fasting session before you fire your spiritual weapons.
3. Do your own prayer and fasting sessions whenever you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit in you to do so.
4. Pray to God to keep you alert to His prompting and all will be well with you.
Hallelujah and Praise God. Amen!