You can't choose to enter an ecstatic realm trance any more than you can choose to have a God-inspired dream. Look at the biblical examples.
Balaam didn't ask God to bring him into a trance. Peter did not ask God to bring him into a trance. Paul did not ask God to bring him into a trance. It was a God-ordained event that they couldn't have expected and one that left a mark on them. Usually, people who fall into God-given trances are emotional or have strong memories about the experience.
Given biblical precedent and the reality of demonic agents who seek to enter trances for wicked purposes, I don't believe we should ask the Lord to put us into trances. God does tell us to pursue spiritual gifts, but a trance is not a gift like the nine gifts of the Spirit, which was the context by which the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to inspire us to pursue them.
If we seek supernatural experiences for the sake of supernatural experiences, the devil will oblige. At the same time, we do not want to quench the Spirit through fear, unbelief or doubt. Be open to anything God wants to do for you, give to you or take from you and you'll experience everything He has for you in the right time and the right season. (Find out more about this in my new book, The Seer Dimensions).
Pray this prayer with me: "Father, thank You for teaching me about the trance realm. I am open and ready for any realm You want to show me, but I do not want to go where You aren't taking me. Help me not to be deceived by false encounters and demonic realms. Open my eyes only to what You want to show me, in Jesus' name."
Jennifer LeClaire is the former editor of Charisma magazine and the founder of Jennifer LeClaire Ministries. She is the author of books like Becoming a Next-Level Prophet, 101 Tactics for Spiritual Warfare, Waging Prophetic Warfare, Decoding Your Dreams and Defeating Water Spirits.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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