Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Revelation 8:1-5 NLT


[1] When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll, there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour.

[2] I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were given seven trumpets.

[3] Then another angel with a gold incense burner came and stood at the altar. And a great amount of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people as an offering on the gold altar before the throne.

[4] The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out.

[5] Then the angel filled the incense burner with fire from the altar and threw it down upon the earth; and thunder crashed, lightning flashed, and there was a terrible earthquake.

Reflection . . .

“Prayer is of transcendent importance, for it is the mightiest agent to advance God’s work. . . . Only praying hearts and hands can do God’s work. . . . Prayer succeeds when all else fails. Prayer has won great victories and has rescued, with notable triumph, God’s saints when every other hope was gone.” – E. M. Bounds (1835–1913)

Take a moment to pray this prayer:

LORD, how I thank you not only for hearing my prayers but also for treasuring them, storing them up with praise in golden bowls at your throne of grace. Thank you for not forgetting my petitions. Thank you for what this passage conveys: my prayers, with all the prayers of the saints throughout history, are important to you and are part of your eternal plan.1

1 Praying Through the Bible, Prayer for December 17.