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incense in a golden bowl

I read in the book of Revelations that the prayer of the saints is put into a golden bowl and carried by an angel, the incense rising to God.

Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. (Revelation 8:3,4)

Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. (Revelation 8:5)

Prayers go up to God as sweet smelling incense. If I looked at it from this context, I am awed because I see how precious our prayer is to God.

I often think that prayers are mere conversations with God, I doing the talking most of the time. At times I have a respond in the form of a quiet still voice, at times when I’m berating and mumbling and letting of steam, it’s a tolerating silence. Not once did it cross my mind, until recently how God treasures our prayers so very much, He puts it in a golden bowl.

If so, I would picture those prayers residing in huge bowls, large bowls, medium bowls, small bowls and mini bowls.

There are prayers that reside in mini bowls, those are the instant ones that don’t need much prayer to overflow and the answer pours out, prayers like those of a child to have a doll or a toy train, prayers for the rain to stop so that one can go skiing, prayers for a parking spot, prayers for the traffic lights to be green, prayers for a favourite shop to be opened, prayers for a call from someone you love.

Then there are prayers that are in small bowls, prayers like those of a child pray and his parents praying for his exams, prayers for a pay increase, prayers for a mission team overseas, prayers for protection upon loved ones every day.

Then there are prayers that are in the medium, large and huge bowls, prayers for healing from a sickness, prayers for a good leader, prayers for a new job, prayers for a life partner and prayers for someone’s salvation.

What defines some of those prayers in those bowl sizes? I can only think of God’s sovereignity. Why does a person have to pray for 10 years for his dad to be saved while the next prayed for 7 years? Why does a person get immediate healing, get up and walk while the next person gains strength in his legs every day and takes 2 years to walk normally again? Why does someone pray for a life partner and meets one the very next year, why does one pray for the love and waits 3 years and why does another meet one after she almost gives up?

What tips the bowl over? How many prayers are needed before the bowl overflows and those prayers get answered?

*Food for thought, purely my own. Except for the Bible verse, none of the above writings are deduced from the Bible or any sources.

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