Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Revelations 5:8 (NKJV)
Filling the bowls, that’s what I’ve been doing lately. During the holidays there are always bowls to fill…treat bowls on the counter, soup bowls on the table, baskets of bows for gift wrapping… I thank the Lord for helping me fill these bowls!
Before Christmas, I am almost to the end of my Bible, since I read through the Bible each year. This puts me in Revelations. One morning in December, I was reading Revelations 5…and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints...and God showed me how I am filling bowls with my prayers!
Every prayer I say…in the morning when I rise, at meal times with our family, when I read my emails and pray for friends and family, in the evening when I tuck our kids into bed, at night when I lie awake…every prayer is filling one of the golden bowls. These bowls are brought before the Lamb as a pleasing offering to Him. Wow!
One day as our family said grace, I contemplated this. The warmth from my soup bowl (or was it my oatmeal?) reached up and touched my cheeks. I asked the Lord to let our prayers rise up to Him from golden bowls, touching Him, also.
Today’s TEA CUPP: My dear prayer friend, your prayers are filling bowls, too! This day, this very day, sit down with Jesus for TEA and pour out your heart to Him. May our TEA CUPPS be incense before the Lord!
Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:1 (NKJV)