Prayers Never Die
Read Revelation 5:1-8
I looked and saw a Lamb standing there before the twenty-four Elders, in front of the throne and the Living Beings, and on the Lamb were wounds that once had caused his death. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the seven-fold Spirit of God, sent out into every part of the world. He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. And as he took the scroll, the twenty-four Elders fell down before the Lamb, each with a harp and golden vials filled with incense - the prayers of God's people! Revelation 5: 6-8 (TLB)
Stephen Hopkins is from Tennessee. Years after Jesus' death, John of Patmos received an incredible vision. He saw the heavenly throne room, the Lamb of God, the great communion of saints, and something that Stephen tends to overlook: There, in the throne room of God, in the hands of the Elders, were golden bowls full of prayers. Rising up like incense before the throne of God are the prayers of God's people.
Every petition, every longing and deep desire, every intersession, every cry, every prayer ever offered is floating like incense before God's throne. Whenever Stephen feels discouraged, as though something is amiss in his life, he remembers this image from Revelation and imagines his prayer in the throne room of God. God deeply and intimately cares for us and wants us to live full and abundant lives. And even though we may not always see God working, we can trust that our prayers rise before God and that they will be answered in God's way and God's timing - for our good and God's glory.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for the eternal life that you offer us through your Son, Jesus. Help us to keep an eternal perspective as we walk through each day, in Jesus' name. Amen.