Not all visions are flowing visions. Some are a quick snapshot either faintly, others very sharp, but lasting just couple seconds. They can come while in prayer or at times while minding our own business as we go about the day. They can be seen with eyes open or eyes closed.
We can all pray that God opens our eyes to see visions while in prayer so that we can pray according to what the Spirit is showing us. This is part of praying in the spirit. But other visions flow for a little more then a couple seconds. They are sudden, even if you are not waiting to see something in the spirit. But hopefully we are pressing in often to receive visions from God. I shared on another page how I learned to ‘enter’ vision by using Scripture. It is like putting your name in a verse to make it personal. Same way, placing yourself in a Bible story and watch as the Spirit takes the pictures over and give it life of it’s own.
A few years ago I started receiving different a different kind of vision – relating to the Nations. In these visions Jesus would take me to a different country where I would witness Him ministering to the locals in many ways as I worked along side of Him. All of them were very vivid, some lasting as long as 45 minutes, where I could see all the details of what those places and people looked like and I always wonder if someday we would go in person. Since we were missionaries in different parts of the world, this makes it easy to believe we will go again. Sometimes I would get on the internet just to search and confirm what I saw, such as the kind of clothing the natives wore, what the infrastructure looked like, etc. Since what I would see is all new to me, each time it would be real exciting to discover a picture on the web showing details similar to what I saw in my vision.