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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.




Baseball cards.

Chick-Fil-A points.

We collect what is valuable to us.

However, according to Revelation 5, our desire to collect what is valuable seems to come from the ingrained image of our heavenly Father, imprinted on our souls.

Revelation 5 describes a scene of worship in heaven. As the creatures and elders of heaven crowd around the throne of God, Revelation 5:8 says they are “each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”

A golden bowl full of our prayers. Let that image sink in for a minute.

God collects our prayers because they are valuable to Him.

Sometimes my prayers are deep and heartfelt. Other times, they are full of questions and pain. But either way, as I speak to my Father in heaven, He hears me and doesn’t let a single prayer go unnoticed.

If prayer is that valuable to God shouldn’t it be valuable to us?

And while we’re on the topic, what are you praying for these days? I’ll leave you with a challenging question I’ve heard posed about the content of our prayers:

If God were to answer all of your current prayers, would they change the world or would they just change your world?