Communication is ever faster and immediate than any other time in history. Cell phones allow us to instantly call anyone, nearly anywhere in the world. Most phones also allow text messaging which provides yet another instantaneous way to communicate. These messages may contain random conversations of trivial information. Some may contain important news. Still others may contain urgent requests, imploring the recipient for help, even asking for prayers. Our email and text programs may allow us to send this prayer or request to hundreds, even thousands of people who are in our contact list. Will any of these prayers ever be viewed or even answered? And even if the prayers are answered, can the answer help the sender?
Ever wonder what happens to our prayers we pray to God?
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty- four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
In this passage from Revelation, the Holy Spirit leads us to this remarkable view of Heaven where we see how our prayers are offered to our Lord Jesus Christ, our High Priest. He now lives to hear our prayers and intercede upon our behalf. The golden bowls of incense are our prayers. Every prayer we utter is brought before Jesus; everything is heard, no matter how big or small we think of our prayer request. God is able to instantaneously monitor, discern, and answer every prayer that has ever been spoken, thought, or offered to Him. And He is able to render a perfect answer to our prayers. The answer may not always be what we are expecting, but most importantly, it is what we need.
Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Technology has allowed us to communicate our needs with others. Although it has accelerated the process, it has not improved the response. We need to trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior so that we can have God’s answers to our prayers. It is only when we pray to God that we are assured of His perfect guidance for our life.
Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.