Dear Church family,
We have three adult Sunday School classes now! I hope you have taken the opportunity to dip into one of these options—Elder Larry Price teaching Acts, Rev. Phil Blackburn have conversations around interesting podcasts, and me teaching the book of Revelation—for I am certain any of them would be both an educational and faith-deepening experience.
In the Revelation class this week we will be looking at chapters 4 and 5 of the book which is where we get a vision of heaven. It is a beautiful and moving passage and there is one short line, in particular, that I want to share with you. It is Revelation 5:8. All in heaven are gathered in worship around the throne of God and then we read this:
“When he (the Lamb) had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
Did you catch that? The elders each have a harp but they also each have a bowl and in the bowls are the “prayers of the saints.” What are the prayers of the saints? Those are OUR prayers. John gives us a glimpse into heaven and the beautiful worship that is happening there and our prayers are part of that worship! What we do on a Sunday morning together, or at night before we fall asleep, is part of heaven.
Our prayers affect heaven.
It is an overwhelming and awe-some thing to consider: that when I pray for my neighbor or you pray for your friend, those prayers are held up before the throne of God. Today, in your prayers, take a moment to simply rest in amazement that your prayers are heard in heaven, that they are part of heaven’s own worship, that they are affect-ive. It is yet one more example of how much God loves us, that our needs and confessions and praise and thanksgiving are never far from him.
May the peace of Christ be with you today,