Front and Center– Always

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Do you miss God? Sometimes He seems so far away.

How wonderful it is to know that even though we do not see God face to face now, we are before Him always–and we have the opportunity to bless him daily with our prayers. Here in Revelation the incense rises before the actual throne of God! The days can be very long and just to know that my prayers rise front and center before the Lord of all is a comfort. And what an encouragement too. My daily walks and prayers are sweet gifts to Him. And that’s pretty amazing!

“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.” Revelation 8: 3-4

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!” Psalm 141:2

Thoughts on Prayer by Matthew Henry:

  • All the saints are a praying people; none of the children of God are born dumb, a Spirit of grace is always a Spirit of adoption and supplication, teaching us to cry, Abba, Father. Ps. 32:6, For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee.
  • 2. Times of danger should be praying times, and so should times of great expectation; both our fears and our hopes should put us upon prayer, and, where the interest of the church of God is deeply concerned, the hearts of the people of God in prayer should be greatly enlarged.
  • 3. The prayers of the saints themselves stand in need of the incense and intercession of Christ to make them acceptable and effectual, and there is provision made by Christ for that purpose; he has his incense, his censer, and his altar; he is all himself to his people.
  • 4. The prayers of the saints come up before God in a cloud of incense; no prayer, thus recommended, was ever denied audience or acceptance.
  • 5. These prayers that were thus accepted in heaven produced great changes upon earth in return to them; the same angel that in his censer offered up the prayers of the saints in the same censer took of the fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth, and this presently caused strange commotions, voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake;these were the answers God gave to the prayers of the saints, and tokens of his anger against the world and that he would do great things to avenge himself and his people of their enemies; and now, all things being thus prepared, the angels discharge their duty.

How To Plead With God

Photo credit: Livia Korandy

Photo credit: Livia Korandy

     “Let us be just as honest with God. When we plead with God, let us lay our hearts before him. Honestly describe our condition. State our case. Whether real or perceived…”

David, in his Psalms, shows us how to be real with God…and ourselves. Are you wrestling with personal failure? Or tremendous fear? Or grief? God is big enough to handle our deepest questions and darkest fears. Join Pastor Wil Owens as he shows us how King David, a man after God’s own heart, pleads with God and finds strength and peace.

     “Dear believer, listen and listen well, when you are sure that heaven is silent and heaven is shut that God is nowhere near and is not listening, you can be even more sure that the very opposite is true. Feelings and perceptions often place God in a far, foggy, distant land, but by faith we can be assured that we rest in His loving arms.”

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

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I Commit to Pray

Have you ever wondered how to pray for fellow persecuted believers?  The Voice of the Martyrs ministry offers an online prayer newsfeed for believers around the world.  This is a wonderful resource for keeping up-to-date on current events.  When a believer submits a public prayer request to VOM, VOM posts the prayer request on this website and sends an announcement out over email.  Click on icommittopray.com and sign up for daily prayer requests and praise reports emailed straight to you.  You can also type and post your prayer on the website.  Come join the VOM ministry in supporting God’s children everywhere through prayer.

Pray for Syrian Family and Ministry:  A Syrian child eagerly reads one of the children’s Bible stories received during a distribution to refugees.

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Picture and caption from:  https://www.icommittopray.com/request/182/christians%2Dfrom%2Dsyria/

Hannah Reis