Summary: Sometimes we think our prayers make no difference, but this is just the deception of the enemy of our souls. God hears and answers our prayers. In fact, our prayers will eventually change the world
The sounding of the first four trumpets can be understood as the destruction of much of the world through a collision with meteors. It is inevitable and will happen at some point in the future. But I’d like to focus on something else this morning. It seems that what precipitates the end of human history is prayer.
Our focus this morning is on a few verses toward the beginning of the chapter:
4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
6 Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.
The incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before the Lord.
What happens when we pray?
Sometimes we may feel like our prayers go nowhere, or that God either isn’t listening or He doesn’t care. Sometimes it seems like we pray for one thing and we get the opposite.
I think this passage in Revelation is a reminder of two things:
1. Our prayers come before the throne of God.
2. Our prayers for justice sometimes seem to have no impact. We are discouraged when we see the wicked prosper-but God is just. In His time He will make all things right.
3. Our prayers make a difference; in God’s time-they can change the world.
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
This means any believer (we’re all saints), anywhere, for any reason, can pray and seek our LORD and He will hear our prayer. Notice James’ language, anyone, anyone, . . . confess your sins to each other, pray for each other. He isn’t saying you should pray to a priest or to one of the great holy ones, or pillars of the Church. In God’s eyes, the least is the greatest, and He is gracious to the humble.
Prayer for rain last Saturday-
Last week I was having lunch with my parents. They were complaining that there is a drought here and it hasn’t rained for months. Marisha looked at me and said “we should pray for rain”. I said “Ok”, lifted my hands and prayed “Lord, please give us some rain”. Marisha agreed with me “Amen!” Within five minutes large drops of water began to fall, and the next few hours Las Cruces enjoyed a nice downfall.
Our prayers come before the throne of God, and it doesn’t matter who is praying-the lowliest saint has an audience with the Most High, and He hears our prayers.