PROVERBS 15:8 “…BUT THE PRAYER OF THE UPRIGHT IS HIS DELIGHT.”
How often do you pray, I mean really pray, in private, on your knees, before your Lord? Would knowing that your prayers are a delight to the Lord change how you pray? Would it mean you approached this most holy of communions with reverence and anticipation, knowing that you are doing something infinitely pleasing to God?
What if you knew that every word you uttered to the Lord on your knees was remembered and kept before His throne? Does this comfort and gratify you or horrify and shame you? Your answer to that question will speak volumes to the state of your prayer life.
In Acts chapter 10, verse 4, Cornelius who “prayed to God always” is told by the angel of God, “Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God”. A memorial is a permanent remembrance, a tribute and a commemoration. How much do you pray? Is your memorial before God a pebble or a monolith?
Further proof that each prayer we make is kept in heaven is found in Revelation, chapter 5 where John writes, “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.” We are His saints, those of us sanctified by Christ and reconciled to Him. Our prayers are like “sweet incense, perpetually before the Lord, a sweet scent to him.” Psalm 141, verse 2 elaborates, “Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
We have been told me that the “prayers of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16) . In other words, there is great power to the prayer of a redeemed man, a saint of God. We see this in Revelation as well.
In Revelation chapter 8 verse 3, we read that the incense was offered “with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the alter and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings and an earthquake. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.”
In this passage we see the power in those prayers as the censer is cast down to earth with “noises, thunderings, lightnings and an earthquake” which begin the judgement and fury of God upon those that don’t believe. How fitting that the praise and petitions of those who have escaped God’s wrath through the blood of His Son, begin His outpouring of judgement, (starting with the seven trumpets) on those who rejected His love and mercy.
Most Holy Father,
Save me Father from the prayer of obligation, the completion of yet another daily task, so that I may move on to the next; from treating Holy time in communion with You as just one more check mark. May I never profane You this way so that You cover Yourself with a cloud, that my prayer should not pass through (Lamentations 3:44). Help me to pray knowing that this prayer of mine, from this sinner now sanctified; redeemed through Your Son’s sacrifice on the cross, now “right with God” ,having put on the righteousness of Christ, is a delight to You. Help me to pray Lord, knowing that each word will ever be before Your throne, a tribute and memorial of my love for You.