New Hope Brisbane

Persistent Prayer

Then another Angel, carrying a gold censer, came and stood at the Altar. He was given a great quantity of incense so that he could offer up the prayers of all the holy people of God on the Golden Altar before the Throne. Smoke billowed up from the incense-laced prayers of the holy ones, rose before God from the hand of the Angel.

Prayer is powerful. When we pray demons flee. When we pray, God opens heaven and pours out blessings. When we pray, God changes things and we change too! God covets our prayers.

Normally I listen to a sermon on the trip in to the office. Today I just worshiped. I sang to the Lord, and prayed and felt his presence. I also felt His pleasure. In the same way Carol longs for my attention, even more so, I feel that the Lord wants me to be intimate with Him. That my prayers are like incense to Him.

I heard on the Christian channel last night that our culture is based on greek philosophy. Where our life is split into different categories. Religion is the sacred section and the rest is secular, family, job, sport etc. But the Hebrew thinking is that everything is sacred before God, where our lives become an offering to God whatever we are doing. Eg Paul was serving God whether he was making tents, in prison, on a mission trip, he still served God. His whole life  was sacred before God. This is why the scripture says, “Pray continually.”

Bill Hybells says that when he meets with a staff member he can always tell the difference between the ones who are prayerful and prayerless. I want people to see that I’ve been with Jesus whenever they see me.

Father, make my life a prayer to you. Amen.