Prayers are eternal and the Bible demonstrates this fact. Knowing that your prayers are eternal, you can pray prayers for your loved ones and God’s Kingdom that will be heard to the end of time. What about the prayer of salvation for unborn grandchildren, for their desire to pray, and even great-grandchildren—Satan will be just as active then.
Notice in this next verse what the 24 elders are holding; a harp and bowls full of prayers of the saints. Many times you have heard of the 24 elders, but had you heard of their possessions?
Re 5:8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
In Rev 8.3 these prayers are all the prayers of all the saints. There is no indication that these prayers have any time limit. All prayer is eternal. Every prayer prayed is forever—prayers for others can be prayed forward just like a savings account for children or grandchildren. You can even pray forward for yourself—strength for future faithfulness, or coming troubles.
Re 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, Re 8:4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
This is only one of the reasons that prayer is so powerful.
Published on Thursday, September 24, 2015 @ 8:05 AM CDT