The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Revelation 8:4
Asking for help is something that many people do not always like to do. Most people want to be able to do what is needed on their own. Pride is allowed to get in the way to keep many from asking for help.
Others ask for help, but it appears to fall upon deaf ears. Very few really want to go out of their way to help another person out.
John sees a picture of angels bringing incense and the prayers of the people up before God in heaven. This occurs at a time of great trouble upon the earth.
Believers are often not a lot different from the world is asking for help. In the same way pride keeps many from seeking God’s help first. Then there are others who ask, but the prayers seem to hit the ceiling and bounce back down at them, getting no where.
Although it may feel like God does not hear the prayers of a believer, He does. Those prayers are raised up before His throne all the time. The prayers of a believing believer are like an incense to God. He loves when His children call out to Him for help.
Life on this earth has many troubles for every person. As bad as the troubles are right now, there will come a time of even greater troubles. God’s judgement and wrath upon the earth is coming some day in the near future.
Rather than fear the wrath or trouble, every believer must seek God in prayer for strength and protection to walk through it. As God hears those prayers, He works in and through the lives of the believers His will to build His kingdom to give them hope in times of trouble.
Your life on this earth is no different than with most people. There will be days of trouble and turmoil. Rather than cower in fear or get angry, seek God in prayer.
God is waiting to hear your prayers and answer them. If you are alive during the time of God’s judgement upon this earth, He will strengthen you and guide you through the time of trouble. In the end will be a reward of eternal life in heaven with no more trouble ever.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God in prayer for all of your needs; that you will trust God to bring you through all challenges in life; that you will know that God hears your prayers; and that you will draw closer to God each day.