And When They Had Prayed:April 24, 2007
This initial paragraph is an apology as I’ve not been able to visit and/or comment in the various places that I routinely visit. It’s been a hectic time as of late; still trying to adjust to third shift while taking care of things at home such as the expanded population of goats along with and the array of extracurricular events that our kids are involved with. If tomorrow finds us all here, (James 4:13-15) I plan to do some catching up in this capacity. I keep all in prayer nonetheless; even when the the blog seems dormant.
Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.”
This association of prayer with a pleasing aroma has always been a captivating thought. An aroma, be it a pleasing one or not, will fill a room indiscriminately and will be noticed by any who enters in. This verse, along with Revelation 8:3 (where incense is offered up “along with” the prayers of all saints.) seems to signify the high esteem that God places in folks bringing their heartfelt petitions to him. It’s a sweet-smelling fragrance that permeates the very atmosphere of the eternal realm. When our heart is truly set on the deep things of God, our prayers will reflect this and will be a most pleasing addition to the throne room. Whether it’s intercession for a lost neighbor, spiritual warfare for a saint who’se going through intense trials, seeking the will of the Lord before making a decision, or just a time to simply worship the Lord and commune with him, it’s a sweet essence that never goes unnoticed in the realm of the everlasting.
Ephesians 6:18-20 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Earlier, in the sixth chapter of Ephesians, we’re instructed on spiritual warfare, as battles for the heart rage all around us. This goes on when we’re watching and it also goes on when we’re occupied with vanity. This is something to be take seriously by us all; even though its easy to become negligent as the physical world seems so “real.” Praying for the saints is imperative as we all face the same sort of challenges. Striving to become less like us and more like Christ. As mentioned in the opening paragraph, my life is complex beyond measure it often seems, and yet spiritual warfare doesn’t have a “set perimeter. We can engage the enemy while driving on the highway, while sitting at our sons baseball game, while operating a balancer at work, or even walking through a supermarket. While we may find a lot more freedom in our favorite prayer closet, the battle goes on nonetheless. It’s in this spiritual realm where bands are broken, mountains are cast down and the enemys grip over a situation can be loosed.
This mainline to the Lord Jesus is ever so vital and yet many of us (myself included) allow it to lie dormant during large stretches of the day as our minds are occupied with matters in this life. It seems that all of us are busier than ever as twenty first century living becomes increasingly complex. (Daniel 12:4) As a result of this flury of activity, we can become negligent our relationship with the Lord without even being aware that it’s happening. I strive to spend every available moment in prayer; even if its only a couple of minutes between dramas. I fall short of this goal on a regular basis, it seems, but it’s a goal that I continuously reach for.
When I first began blogging, I wasn’t really sure where it would lead. I was posting but was quite certain that nobody was reading. It seemed as though I was just placing words into the atmosphere. Today, the direction is much more clear as I know of quite a few folks out here. Folks whom I’ll most likely never meet in this life, but can keep them in prayer upon every rememberance. I cannot help but wonder if this is he primary reason that we’re all blogging. (My venture into bloging began when it was suddenly “on my heart to do it” and the time will come when this season is over.) To encourage and pray for each other as we are heading into uncertain times.
I’m going to close for now as, once again, I have to tend to things around here. As we find the kingdoms of this world venturing into uncharted waters, I pray that we would be ever close to the Lord Jesus and not shaken by the events that unfold before us. (A post on this is planned) That we would abide in the Lord Jesus as he is the true Vine, and exhort one another as we see the day approaching. I’ll close with the following passages.
Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”
Jude 20-21 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Mark 13:37 “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”