Do you pray without ceasing? Do you spend enough time with Jesus? Here’s some incentive to pray more. I was reading the fifth chapter of The Revelation to John when I came across this “they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. (Rev.5:8, NIV)
Our prayers are honored more than we can ever know. They are lovingly brought to God by angels. Our prayers join the eternal worship of God. Our prayers matter. Our prayers are heard and cherished. Why don’t we value prayer if the other side of the time barrier do?
Anne Ortlund writes “What a lofty, all-encompassing business prayer is! We lift our hearts to God, and we discover we have joined a numberless company around the world and in heaven itself! We have left time and moved into eternity! We have, in a sense, shed our mortal bodies and moved, ahead of schedule, into our future glory with Him!”
Prayer is so much more than we can ever understand. But we don’t need to understand it to practice it. Prayer is our way to spend time with God. Prayer is to be part of God’s kingdom already on this green earth. There really is nothing better than abiding in God. Yet we don’t pray much. What’s wrong with us?
God wants to bring us wholeness and abundant life. We somehow manage to thwart that by keeping away from the presence of God. We settle for less than God has intended to us. We live prayer-less, self-destructive lives when wholeness and abundant life is offered. Without the Holy Spirit we are indeed stuck with self-deception. But the aid of the Holy Spirit is available to us. The company of God is only a whisper away.
You are so good.
We are so lost without you.
Help us to understand our prayers matter.
Show us what it means to bask in your love and care.
Fill us with your Spirit.
Let us experience all that you have for us.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you believe that our prayers matter? Do you put that in practice?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you dedicate more time for prayer!Pin It