Prayers go up–power comes down!
Scripture reading for December 13th: Revelation 8
Key Scriptures: Revelation 8:1-5 “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 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 their 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, an an earthquake.”
As the last of the seven seals is opened, all of heaven quieted down to a complete silence. All heaven was waiting in eager anticipation for the next unfolding of the revelation of Jesus Christ. John was looking and saw seven angels given seven trumpets. Another angel stood at the altar before the throne and had a golden censer in his hand, ready to offer the incense that was given, along with the prayers of the saints. As the incense was offered up from the hand of the angel, the censer was filled with coals from the altar and he cast them upon the earth. The result was lightning and thunder and a great earthquake that shook the earth. The point is that our prayers have great power to move heaven to act on earth!
Revelation 8:6-7 “Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them. The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for the great privilege of prayer and for hearing our prayers and answering. You are so faithful and true to Your Word that if we call upon You, You will answer. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit to empower me to pray more effectively and to see your kingdom and power released upon the earth in these last days that souls might be saved and judgment averted.
Revelation 8:13 “Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow.”