THOSE PRECIOUS PRAYERS…Revelation 5:8 & 8: 3-5

It’s such a joy to hear our grandsons pray before a meal.  So sweet.  So simple. So believing and trusting.  Means so much to us.  Our treasuring of our little one’s prayers is but an inkling of how precious our prayers are to our Heavenly Father.  If we knew how much our sharing with the Lord means to Him,  I guess we’d never stop praying at all.  That’s an idea worth pondering.

Have you read those verses in the Book of Revelation yet?    They speak of our prayers to the Lord.  Our prayers.  Yours and mine.  God’s children calling out to Him, crying to Him, and praising Him.  Prayers of all kinds, using a myriad of languages, by all kinds of different people, all over the world.  Doesn’t matter how you pray or what exactly you say–what matters is our desire to be with and share our hearts with our God as His chosen children.

In Revelation 5:8 the Apostle John, in exile on the Island of Patmos, is having a heavenly vision and sees a large scroll, four living creatures and twenty four elders falling down in worship of Jesus Christ, each with a harp, holding bowls made of pure gold full of incense, burning with a sweet, pleasing aroma.

Wafting in the air, more than a scent,  these are the actual prayers of the saints.  Ours are there as well.    Your prayers and mine– so precious to the Lord that they are held in large golden bowls, held only by God’s most trusted worshippers… with all placed at the feet of Jesus.  Only the very best can contain and handle our prayers.  Only the best.  Did you hear that?  How precious our utterances are to Him.

Then in Revelation 8 we see angels standing before God, and one of them has a censer made of pure gold,  which burns incense where its smoke gets mingled with our prayers, all rising to the very presence of God.  Then something totally unexpected happens.  The angel takes the censer,  fills it with fire and throws it to the earth, resulting in tremendous cosmic thunder, lightning and earthquakes.

Not only are our prayers precious, but they are very powerful.  Like it says in James 5: 16–‘the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working’.  I think I’ll pray a lot more.  Our prayers do a tremendous work for God for others. Imagine all that can come by praying.  Precious…and powerful.  Our prayers to God–that’s something worth doing more and more.  Do I hear an ‘amen’?

Prayer:  We love to pray to you, our God.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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