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Our Prayers Are Powerful
Our prayers do not go unheard in heaven, but are mighty and powerful in the hands of God.
If that’s true, however, then why do most of us never experience their full potency? It may be because of our sins. The prophet Isaiah said, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)
If this is how you’re feeling, maybe you need to take an accounting of your life, like King David who prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
By keeping our sins secret, we’re keeping ourselves separated from God, and although He knows our prayers, He doesn’t hear them, that is, He refuses to act upon them because that would be tantamount to His condoning them.
But our prayers do not go unheard in heaven, and are mighty and powerful. The time will come when God will take all our prayers against the evil and injustice in this world and use them as an instrument of His justice and judgment.
“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 … and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” (Revelation 8:3-5)
Literally, it’s our prayers that God sends hurling back toward the earth.
By mixing our prayers with incense and the fire of God’s alter indicates God’s holy wrath will be poured out in response to these prayers. God’s justice will be released through our prayers.
So, when we are tempted to stop praying, thinking God hasn’t heard, remember that God hears our prayers and is storing them up for the Day of Judgment.
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