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Helen Calder: "The Open Door: How to Enter Your New Prophetic Season"

Helen Calder, Melbourne, Australia
Apr 27, 2024


Have you ever heard a prophetic word about an open door and thought, "That's for me!"? A door is a biblical symbol of opportunity and access. God is causing that which was previously unavailable to open!

The prophetic declaration of an open door is an announcement: The time is at hand for God to fulfill His promises.

An open door can also signify an encounter with God (see Rev. 3:20, 4:1).

Knock and the Door Will Be Opened to You!

A prophetic word about an open door means that the door is already open in the spiritual realm, so we can participate in it!

Sometimes we see a prophetic word fulfilled immediately, but often we receive that word for a strategic purpose! God invites us into a new encounter and wants our active participation. He works through us as we partner with the Holy Spirit in prayer and obedience.

The apostle Paul often used the imagery of open and closed doors in his ministry. For example, he made this prayer request when he was imprisoned: "...praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains" (Col. 4:3, NKJV).

Paul was still locked up, yet he saw the open door by faith, and asked the church in Colossae to pray.

Jesus taught about prayer, saying, "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened" (Lk. 11:9–10, NLT).

When we receive a prophetic word about an open door, our first response should be to thank God for it! The second should be to respond to that word with prayer (see "Why Your Simple Prayer Petitions Are Powerful")! (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

How do we knock with faith? We knock as if the door is about to open! Faith continues knocking, even in the face of resistance.

Glory Given to God and an Increase of Authority in Our Lives

In Revelation, John recorded Jesus' messages to the churches:

"Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia.

"This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open:

"I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed My word and did not deny Me." (Rev. 3:7–8, NLT)

There are some doors only God can open, and He promises to hold them open! Then, when those doors open, the miracle of how it came about will give glory to God.

To enter a door, we must have the authority to access it. The Lord may also speak to us about keys that represent authority and power. A door may open when we awaken in faith to our God-given authority in that area and begin to exercise it. Then, as our authority increases, so does the opposition to it. Paul wrote, "There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me" (1 Cor. 16:9, NLT).

A Map Leading to Refreshment

Stepping through an open door can herald a new chapter in our lives. And this was the subject of a vision the Lord gave me at the end of last year.

While worshiping, I saw a book in my mind's eye, and a large fold-back clip sealed the next chapter.

I wanted to turn the page, so I asked, "Lord, what do I do?"

I heard the Spirit say, "You need to petition the Father to open it."

So, I did, very simply.

Suddenly, the sense of God's anointing increased. The vision changed, and I saw Jesus standing at a long table in a room. He commanded loudly, "Open the book!"

At that moment, it seemed as if a loud clap of thunder resounded in the spiritual realm. Instantly, a scroll on the table unrolled to the right and left. It looked like an old map on paper or parchment, but it was no ordinary map. The map seemed alive; it was dynamic and interactive, like modern GPS maps.

Then I saw it on the map—the place Jesus wanted me to see. It was the side road, the rough and winding way, the road we never expected to travel.

I noticed a place on the map indicating a refreshment station. It seemed to pop out of the map! Then it dawned on me: Our heavenly Father foresaw that we would be here, and He prepared a time of refreshment which we are about to enter. (Photo via Unsplash)

The Open Door of Divine Appointment

Perhaps you've found yourself on an unexpected road, and the open door hasn't come in the form you anticipated... yet. Right now, a doorway of divine appointment is open.

If this resonates with you, receive this word of refreshment right now.

When God provides an open door, everything changes. Hannah prayed and God gave her a son, Samuel (1 Sam. 1). Nehemiah prayed and the Lord thrust him into service (Neh. 1–2). The Church prayed and the Holy Spirit came as a rushing, mighty wind (Acts 2).

This is your threshold season!


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Helen Calder
Enliven Ministries

Helen Calder is a prophetic minister and writer, and founder of Enliven Ministries, in the David McCracken Ministries family. Helen has a unique gift of equipping in the areas of prophetic ministry, discernment and prayer. She is known for Enliven Blog, an online prophetic training and mentoring resource that reaches thousands of people globally. Helen and Malcolm have been married for 37 years and are at home in Planetshakers Church, Melbourne, Australia.

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