When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. I noticed that the seven angels who stood before God were each given a trumpet.
Another angel, who had a gold container for incense, came and stood at the altar. This one was given a lot of incense to offer with the prayers of God's people on the gold altar in front of the throne. Then the smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up to God from the hand of the angel.
After this, the angel filled the incense container with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth. Thunder roared, lightning flashed, and the earth shook.
If you are one of God’s people and you pray, then your prayer is part of this scene from the book of Revelation. That is truly amazing! Prayer is not just “talking to God.” It is also inserting you into the throne room of Heaven. Notice from these verses that the angel has a container filled with incense and the “prayers of God’s people.” The smoke from the incense and your prayers go up together to God. Incense is intended to produce a pleasing aroma and so should your prayers to God. God is pleased when you stand before Him with your heart laid bare and not covered by the deceit of this world. God does not despise a sincere and honest heart!
God wants me to pray without ceasing, so He desires that I continually stand before His throne and put prayers into the incense bowl! Then fire from the alter will be poured out on the earth by the angel who holds the bowl! So when you pray, somewhere on earth there is thunder, lightening and an earthquake!
“Lord Jesus, give me eyes to see the impact my prayers have on the world around me. And may You, Jesus be praised forever. Amen!”