Several times, I have written about prayer, approaching it from different Scriptures and perspectives. I have offered a free Bible study on prayer that can be found here. Today, we’ll examine prayer from the vantage point described in the book of Revelation.
“He went and took the scroll out of the right hand of the one seated on the throne. When he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Revelation 5:7-8, CSB).
Pause, and genuinely think about the vision described. Golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Look at the photo above. Now, imagine God saving every word of adoration, expression of gratitude, cry for help, every wail of brokenness entrusted to him, and uncounted pleas for mercy. He collects and saves them all as a fragrant aroma. They are not a stench but rather a pleasant tantalizing smell.
The depth of that symbolic image is beautiful and humbling. It reflects a facet of God’s position towards his people. The imagery speaks of how highly God values our prayers—he treasures them!
This image brings to mind a person tucking away written words from a beloved. Maybe you have some notes, cards, or letters from your spouse, a parent, child, grandchild, or dear friend. Maybe it is an unexpected word of encouragement or praise from a teacher or employer. Whoever it’s from and wherever you have it stashed, the reason is the same—you value the sentiment expressed. When you touch it, look at the handwriting, and re-read it you are blessed with a fresh surge of “happy” brain chemicals and hormones from being loved, appreciated, or valued.
God wants to hear and receive your prayers. From this passage, we see how he views our prayers. He values them and reverently saves them.
Father God, thank You for hearing our prayers. Oh, how rich your love is toward us. Thank You for showing how much You treasure our earnest communications. Holy Spirit, help us to love others with the same grace and mercy extended to us. May our lives then reflect the goodness and purity of God so the name of Jehovah is lifted above all other names. Hallelujah and amen.
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