What was once my least favorite part of the day has now become my favorite. It the early morning hours the house is quiet and peaceful and the glow of the Christmas lights sooth my soul and help direct my thoughts to my Savior. Starting my day this way is a special gift from the greatest Gift.
In His book, Letters to the Church, Francis Chan explains that in the book of Revelation chapters 4 and 5 where John sees the image of heaven, we as believers are actually there. We are there in our prayers as incense before God. I love that beautiful imagery. In the song Psalm 62 one of the verses sings …with everyday pour out my soul, and He will prove His mercy. Prayer is vital to my existence.
With my illness what started out as a need to be able to survive physically is now a lifeline spiritually. In quiet trust I know I will make it through the day if it be His will…this illness won’t kill me, though it may feel like it. I depend on the Lord for everything. I pray about everything. The easiest way for me to do that is through a prayer journal. This way I stay focused, my mind doesn’t wander and I can look back and see God’s faithful answers. I’ve had many throughout the years but my current one says on the front “Send it up to God“. When I got it, it made me think of the scene in Revelation that Chan describes. Our prayers are sweet incense to the Lord…an offering of thankful praise and trust.
Our daughter says there is no wrong way to pray. The Lord wants to hear from us…whether through typing them, using an app or a simple note on our phone, or silently whispering them or reading scripture, they are all incense to Him in His throne room. We are commanded to come boldly before His throne of grace. However it works best for you, as you prepare Him room in your life, may your prayers be a sweet offering to the Lord in heaven.