Revelation 5:8

Revelation 5:8 (ESV)
And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

When we connect with our Father in prayer and that blessed sense of His presence surrounds us, it is easy to believe that our prayers are audible in His ears, that we are being heard, and that we see answers that are visible. We rejoice in what God is doing.

It is also fair to say that most, if not all, of us have experienced a sense at times that our prayers are not being heard. That our prayers are rising to ceiling level only. That we feel that the act of prayer is an empty exercise and we wonder if our Father is really listening.

We only need to read this passage to know that our prayers – all our prayers – are heard. That they are being held in a protected and honored place by the only One with the power to answer them. That we are not forgotten and our words are treasured by our Father.

The altar of incense in ancient worship was intended as an image of this connection through prayer between our Father and His children. A real world symbol of this connection, characterized by the sweet and distinctive aroma of incense as it was offered. An expensive and valued possession burning in honor of the holiness and power of God.

We can rejoice in knowing that all our prayers are heard, and loved by our Father. In this season of prayer at Fellowship, be encouraged that He hears and will answer powerfully for and to us.