Daily Scripture Series – June 29th

“The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God.” (Revelation 8:4)

A single prayer, like a grain of sand, can be a weighty thing. Scripture indicates prayer’s powerful role in the coming of God’s kingdom. In Revelation 8, John sees an angel standing at the altar before His throne holding a golden censer containing “the prayers of all God’s people.” “Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and thee came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” Immediately after the angel hurled the censer filled with fire and prayer, seven angels with seven trumpets “prepared to sound them”, heralding this old earth’s fast days and Christ’s return.

Sometimes we may not feel like our prayers add up to much, but God doesn’t miss one. He so values them that they somehow even play a role in the consummation of His kingdom. What may seem like the smallest prayer to us can have earth shaking weight with Him!

Daily Questions

  1. What do you think Jesus wants us to pray for God’s kingdom to come?
  2. In what ways can you stay faithful in prayer today?

Daily Thoughts

Heavenly Father, please help us to be faithful in prayer today and every day.

Revelation 8:1-6

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 seven trumpets were given to them.

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 God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.

Bonus Information

Exiled on the island of Patmos, the apostle John wrote of his prophetic visions about God’s future program, which he called “the revelation (apokalypsis) from Jesus Christ” (revelation 1:1-4). As apocalyptic writing, Revelation uses symbolic, figurative, and metaphoric language to describe God’s end-time events. John wrote of His severe judgment being poured out on the earth in the seven sealed scrolls, trumpets, and bowls in the interlude between the judgment of the sealed scrolls and trumpets, he wrote of “incense” offered to God. In the Bible, incense symbolically denotes “the prayers of all God’s people”. We’re not told what these prayers were, but earlier, the Christian martyrs had prayed for divine justice and vindication (Revelation 6:9-11). John tells us that “the prayers of God’s people, went up before God.” Scholars say these prayers are answered in Revelation 15:7-8; 16:5-6; and 19:2)

 

 

 

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