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Today’s Bible Reading:
Today’s Bible Verse(s):
Psalm 65:1-2 (NLT): “What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to you, for you answer our prayers. All of us must come to you.”
Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):
When we think of prayer, we may tend to think of only our responsibility. We realize that the Bible commands us to pray, and we are riddled with guilt because we aren’t praying as much as we know we should.
Well, if we only think of our responsibility, the practice of prayer will become lifeless. It will be stripped of its sense of awe. Ultimately, we will not find it easy to have a powerful prayer life.
But, our verse for today reminds us that all humanity will come to God (in prayer) because He is the one who “answer(s) our prayers.”
That’s beautiful, isn’t it? God hears and answers our prayers! He’s listening!
In fact, in the book of Revelation, we see something else that is incredible. Through the Apostle John’s eyes, we can sit in on a Heavenly worship service. Jesus takes the scroll, and a worship service erupts!
But, notice what the twenty-four elders are carrying as they participate in the worship service …
Revelation 5:8 (NLT): “And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”
Did you get that?! The sweet aroma from the incense in the Heavenly worship service is … OUR PRAYERS! God places such high value on our prayers that He uses them to create a fragrant aroma in Heaven!
So, do you know what we need to do today? Pray! Let’s spend time on our knees, talking to the one who “answer(s) our prayers.”
Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.