The Courts of Heaven

by Jim Wies

Jim WiesJim Wies serves with XP Publishing as co-editor and is a powerful prophetic voice to the body of Christ. As new covenant believers, we have been given a whole different level of access before what the Scriptures call the throne of grace. Read The Courts of Heaven and gain new insight on how to pray from the third heaven throne room to obtain mercy, grace and power in our lives.


An amazing story is told in Daniel, chapter 10, about the prophet Daniel’s perseverance in prayer. As Daniel prayed over a period of 21 days, the Scriptures tell us there was raging conflict in the second heavens as the enemy tried to resist the answer to Daniel’s prayer.

Many people view prayer from the perspective of Daniel the intercessor’s story. And in our prayer lives we at times can feel like we are slugging it out with “second heavens” warfare, not realizing that we, as New Testament believers, have an advantage that not even Daniel had.

The BIG NEWS is that, as new covenant believers, we have been given a whole different level of access before what the Scriptures call the throne of grace, and have been told we can come boldly before that third heaven throne room to obtain mercy and grace to help whenever we need to. (Hebrews 4:16)

We need to realize certain kinds of prayer such as petition and intercession best occur not on a battlefield but in a court room. They directly pertain to the setting and processes that occur before the courts of heaven and can literally be viewed as legal transactions before the Judge of all the universe.

The protocol of heaven is a court room

Protocol in a court room is different than the battlefield. Too many times we haven’t bothered to get legal things in place first so we can get breakthrough instead of backlash.

With that in mind, let’s look at this well-known parable about prayer from Luke 18:1-8 (NKJV):

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.”

Three interesting things we learn from this.

  1. Jesus puts prayer into the context of a judicial system.
  2. Nowhere in this parable does this woman address her adversary.
    Not that we don’t EVER address the enemy in spiritual warfare, but that was not mentioned here.
    Our greatest success is totally caught up in getting a verdict from the Judge. Not us doing something to the adversary. A verdict from the judge will incapacitate the adversary.
  3. Will not God avenge His elect, speedily?

Suddenly it is not about spending MORE time in prayer, it is about keys for breakthrough. No longer is it “if we just pray more, strive more, etc.” We don’t need to strive more; we need to know these important keys to breakthrough by knowing protocols of the court of heaven. We need to understand that once we get legal things in place we can win on the battlefield. We need to understand that we have a right to stand in the courtroom of heaven and get verdicts from the Lord and set them in motion.

So let’s look at the principle parties in any courtroom: (including the courts of heaven)

  • Judge
  • mediators
  • witnesses

The Judge: God is the judge.

There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?... Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!” James 4:12; 5:9

The Judge is in place

I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.” Daniel 7:9-10

The Mediators = attorneys (they argue for or against something)

The Mediator is a court function. Scripture tells us we have two mediators at work in our situation – the Accuser vs. the Intercessor. It further tells us that the Accuser brings accusations day and night. On the other hand we have Jesus our intercessor who is “the mediator of the new covenant.” So both accusation and intercession is going on before the Judge.

The Importance of Witnesses

2 Corinthians 13:1-3 tells us about the principle of two or three witnesses. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” (see also Matthew 18:16)

Satan is continuously accusing us before God, and Jesus is continuously interceding for us. We know these two voices in the heavens are looking for agreement (a witness) on earth. God is looking for agreement on earth. And so is Satan, the accuser of the brethren.

Jesus our Intercessor:
“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”  Romans 8:33-35

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

So we see Jesus, after He rose from the dead, sitting at the right hand of the Father, making continuous intercession for us. Satan, on the other hand, is accusing us before God day and night. (ref. Revelations 12:10) We see Jesus interceding and declaring blessing for us, while Satan is accusing and declaring cursing upon us.

The question then is, who will prevail? The answer depends on which we will agree with. Which voice in heaven will get a witness on earth? When we discover the weaknesses of others, which we all do sooner or later, the question we must ask ourselves is, will we cooperate with the Great Intercessor and become intercessors, or will we inadvertently side with the devil and become accusers of the brethren?

A Witness on Earth
The tragedy is that, way too often we are bearing witness to the accuser’s accusations against our brethren, rather than Christ’s intercession for us. When we do this we can actually find ourselves reinforcing the devil’s witness against our fellow saints by helping him do his job.

The will of God is being heralded at the throne of God, and the question is, "Will He get a witness on earth who agrees with Jesus’ intercession?" Will we agree with God and loose His will, or will we give witness to the accuser? It is certainly important then that we pray and join with Jesus the intercessor to give Him a witness on earth.

The final good news is that we are not alone in giving heaven a witness. Hebrews 12:22-24 “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God,... to God the Judge of all, ... to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

“Blood … that speaks better things than that of Abel.” The blood speaks! We see a voice is crying out for a verdict from heaven based on the blood of Abel.  But the blood of Christ speaks even better things. It speaks of forgiveness, atonement and the new covenant. In fact, without the blood we have no basis to come before the throne to begin with. But as we come into agreement with what His blood is saying about us, we realize the blood is what legally releases the provisions of the new covenant.

Much more could be written about coming before the throne of grace and navigating the courts of heaven. The point is, in light of these things, when we do we can be bold and confident, just like the importuning widow in Luke 18, that the Judge of all the earth will answer speedily.

“For we do not have a High Priest [mediator] who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:15-16

“And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him … ? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.” Luke 18:7-8


I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Pray for the “Goshen Principle” for the people of God, that even in the midst of the disciplines and judgments of God, the people of God will be protected (Exodus 8 & 9).

Pray for the “Isaac Principle” for the people of God, that the people of God will sow during times of leanness and reap 100-fold upon their investment (Genesis 26).

Pray that unity will prevail and that division, strife and the spirit of carnal judgment will be broken.

Pray that a revival of righteousness will break forth in the church and that the people of God will humble themselves and pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways, that God might heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Spiritual Warfare:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Pray Against Witchcraft and all Occult Activities:
Pray against occultist activities during Samhain (Halloween), that the power of darkness will be thwarted.

Decree the WORD over the body of Christ:
Health (3 John 2; James 1:5)

Provision (Philippians 4:19; Deuteronomy 8:18; 2 Chronicles 1:12; Proverbs 18)

Anointing and Glory (Acts 10:38; Ephesians 1:17–19; Exodus 33; 2 Chronicles 5:14; Matthew 17:1–8)

Favor and Blessing (Deuteronomy 28:1–12; Ephesians 1:3; Psalm 5:12; Exodus 33:19; Proverbs 22:1; Luke 2:52)

Protection (Psalm 91; 24; 27; 121; Isaiah 54:17; Zechariah 2:5; Matthew 6:13; Luke 10:19)

Prayers for CSA/XP Ministries:


  • Pray for protection from all evil, harm, injury, accident, sickness, and disease for the leadership and staff, team members, partners and families.
  • Pray protection over all equipment, finances, buildings, furniture and inventory.
  • Pray for the “Goshen Principle” for all who are involved in this ministry that, even in the midst of the disciplines and judgments of God around them, the people of God will be protected. (Exodus 8 & 9)
  • Pray for the “Isaac Principle” for all staff, team members, and partners, that the people of God will sow during times of leanness and reap 100-fold upon their investment. (Genesis 26)


Pray for the Holy Spirit to visit with multiplied grace and empowerment all involved in XP Ministries during their times of prayer, intercession, Bible reading, study, and meditation, personal worship, and soaking. And pray for proper placement within the body of Christ, the church.


  • Pray for increased and multiplied favor with God and man for all staff, team members, and partners.
  • Pray for perpetual favor with the government, other ministries and networks, media, and businesses.
  • Pray that the Lord’s favor will be around us like a shield.


Pray for a powerful anointing of God’s revelation, power and presence in all the meetings, with an increase of miracles, signs, wonders and visitations, fire and glory. Pray for increased anointing and empowerment on everyone who labors in the ministry.

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