The Treasured Things

Parents who have had the pleasure of raising young children will know the joy of receiving artwork or stories to display in the home. The fridge gets decorated with a painting or an illustrated story assumes a position of pride on the coffee table. What's behind the parental pleasure is the relationship with the child, the fact that the child is thinking of their parent and wants to please with their "offering". It may not be a "masterpiece" or a "classic" in the art or literary world, but the value of the work is priceless to the parent.

Similarly, the prayers we offer to God might not sound as "pious" or "eloquent" as those of others, but they are precious to our Father in heaven. To know that His children are thinking of Him, depending on Him, and seeking Him means the world to Him. Our prayers do not fall on deaf ears or vanish into thin air, rather they are treasured by God and displayed in a place of pride, at the throne of heaven!

Revelation chapter 5 records the vision that the Apostle John was given of heaven and things to come. John saw Jesus standing at the centre of God's throne surrounded by heavenly beings holding golden bowls full of the prayers of God's people, your prayers, my prayers.

Revelation 5:8b:

"Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people."

The golden bowls and their position at the throne of God serve as a daily reminder to us that our prayers are not in vain, as Satan might suggest, and an encouragement to "continually" offer up all sorts of prayers to our Father in heaven, for we and our prayers are His treasured things.

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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