Prayers go up; heaven comes down!

Scripture reading for December 10th:  Hosea 10-13, Revelation 8

Key Scriptures: Revelation 8:2-5 “Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.  And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.  Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.”  

The prayers of the saints rise before God’s throne, like sweet incense.  Angelic beings stand at attention to respond to God as He directs answers to the cry of His people.  As heaven responds, there are effects on earth and its people.  The relationship of prayer, God’s throne, angels, and the fire of God’s passionate love brings holy awe and trembling in heaven and on earth!

Hosea 9:7  “The days of punishment have come; the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I am humbled in holy awe by the prayers of the saints and heaven’s attention and response.  My prayer for mercy goes up for those on the earth, knowing a day of recompense is soon to come.  Amen.

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