E.M. Bounds makes a life-changing point: our bodies will age and die, but the prayers that leave our tongues are a blessing to the Father for all eternity. Chapters 5 and 8 of Revelation describe the prayers of saints as golden bowls full of incense rising to God as a fragrant sacrifice.
Rev8.4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
Some versions say that the incense is a sweet aroma to His nostrils. The text doesn’t specify the age of the prayers, only that they were brought carefully into the throne room by the angels. We cannot see our prayers rising like incense to heaven or grasp their enduring quality, but our prayers are eternal. As Paul wrote, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor4:18).
 Bornschein, J., Butts, D., Branzell, K., & Elmore, D. (2012). The front line: A prayer warrior’s guide to spiritual battle. Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.
Published on Saturday, August 2, 2014 @ 4:51 AM CDT