When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
3 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. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 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. - Revelation 8:1-5
I'm comforted by this vision where your angels bring all the prayers of your people to your throne. It assures me that every single one of my prayers is heard by you. You don't miss a thing. It's so easy to think my prayers don't make it past the ceiling of my home because I don't yet see you or hear your voice. But your word reminds me that you and all your angels are studying my prayers along with those of all other Christians. By grace you listen to us like a loving parent listens to the slightest coo of her newborn. I see too in this vision that although you hear my prayer and plan to rescue me, I might have to go through more trouble before I get there. Your angel hurled the sensor to the earth and ushered in more announcements for earthly tribulation. Give me patience Lord to not grow weary in my prayers or to become unbelieving about your attentiveness as earthly trouble marches on. Help me to be a light of hope for those around me as we wait for our deliverance. Give me friends who pray to you also and who will encourage me from the heart. Be our God and Savior as sojourn here.
Pastor Don Patterson
God hears your heart beat, how much more, then, your prayers!