“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand” (Revelation 8:1-4).
Graham Kendrick and Chris Robinson wrote the hymn, All Heaven Waits. See if their words call to your heart and stir within you a passion to be a person of prayer:
“All heaven waits with bated breath for saints on earth to pray,
Majestic angels ready stand with swords of fiery blade.
Astounding power awaits a word from God’s resplendent throne.
But God awaits our prayer of faith that cries, “Your will be done!”
Father, Your throne room must be a spectacular place of expectation! Teach me to continually remember that my prayers are a fragrant incense offered to the One I love the most. May I never take the power of prayer for granted, but always expectantly await Your will to be accomplished in the lives and situations for which You lead me to intercede.
Adapted from the article Praying Men Can Make a Difference by Dave Butts, author of The Devil Goes to Church: Combating the Every Day Attacks of Satan. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise your Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father. Give thanks for the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). Confess how often you’d rather make your own plans than think about what God might be telling you through church leaders. Commit to listening for God through others’ words. Ask God to show you whether a specific leader has a word for you.
Claim Jesus’ power to do your part in gathering in those who are like sheep without a shepherd (Mt. 9:35-38).
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend