Thursday, 11 April 2013
Let your prayers rise
Although God is not 'living' exclusively above us, we often imagine God to be 'up' in Heaven and we live here below. So when we pray it is like our prayers rise up to God's ear and then he acts on our prayers. This even has a little to do with why some communities burn incense in their worship services - as a reminder that we lift our prayers to God. The scriptures even speak of this too:
Psalm 141:2 - May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
But perhaps one of the best illustrations of our prayers rising to God's attention, comes from the prayer of Jonah. At a time when things were difficult for him - from inside the whale - he prayed these words:
"When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple." - Jonah 2:7
Whatever you are dealing with today and whatever lies before you, may you remember God and may you let your prayers rise to Him. God is interested in your prayers and your life.
Living in Grace