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Our quote of the week this week is from Simon Dickson, and it's a quote from the Bible! Well done that man...

‘...the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.’ Revelation 5 v 8

Sometimes prayer is hard, sometimes it feels like a chore, sometimes its a list to get through before digging into your toast. Those really heartfelt, keen prayers we prayed on the church weekend away, or that summer camp, feel like they came from a different person. Maybe we hear someone else’s prayer at a prayer meeting, or read of that missionary hero in a biography who got up so early to pray each morning he basically didn’t go to bed, and then we think about our last prayer time...

Well in this snippet from the book of Revelation we are getting a snap shot of what is going on in heaven. Twenty four elders (possibly representative of the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles) are gathered around the Lamb, Jesus Christ, the Son. They can see his wound marks, he is so glorious they can’t stand, they fall before him in terror, awe and worship. In each of the elders’ hands is a golden bowl full of incense, wafting up to the throne. And in these golden bowls is that prayer we prayed when we were feeling really calm, biblical, Evangelical and Christ centred, the kind we prayed at our keenest. But there’s also that split second arrow prayer we prayed when we couldn’t find our keys, floating up to the Lamb. The groaning prayer for that non Christian we see every day, that plea for more energy on Thursday afternoon, that desperate prayer that we’d be free from that sin - they are all presented by, say, the apostle Paul as incense to the risen Jesus Christ on his throne.

And the more I think about this, the more amazed I am by Jesus, he loves me so much that even my bleary eyed, stressed, weird prayers are sweet incense to him. And it’s not like he only hears my really heartfelt ones during the confession on Sunday, but he does hear the ones when I’m in a mad rush first thing Monday morning when my alarm didn’t go off. Jesus hears our prayer. He loves to hear our prayer! From the smallest believer in Sunday school, as they give thanks for their Sunday lunch, to the oldest and wisest at KG.

Our prayers today are incense to Jesus.