Daniel 7:10 – A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgement, and the books were opened. (ESV)
I belong to a group of intercessors in our church. During term-time, we meet upstairs in a room overlooking the balcony. As I came out of the group on a day in February, I looked down on the main body of the church. Above the home-schooled children playing an activity on the cleared floor below were lit more than a thousand fairy-lights strung on wire cables from one side of the U-shaped balcony to the other. It provides a soft, gentle ambiance when the room is dimmed by cloud or night.
As I looked down on these lights, it came to mind that God looks down on all the intercessors across the world, figuratively ten thousand times ten thousand, all offering up prayers before the throne. I believe that He is pleased with this myriad of Holy Spirit-inspired souls emanating prayers before the throne, interceding along with the angels battling for our world.
In that moment, I had the awareness of how God watches on and treasures the beauty of all the prayers offered up in different places, even as I took pleasure in the sight of these strings of tiny lights connected in rows bringing light for the children to play in.
Apart from God, who knows what disastrous events have not happened through the intercessory prayers of the church community? Who knows, apart from God, what blessings have befallen the church and the world because of the prayers of the saints?
So today, try to linger a little longer before rushing off away from God into the day again, and share with Him what comes to mind in this time. Pray for the governments, situations in our world, and the people He lays upon our hearts; even pray for yourself. Who knows, maybe you will find out something new about His patient love for you. Maybe it will change your life!
Prayer: Lord, thank You so much for Your dialogue with us through the Bible, prayer, and action. Encourage us to get to know You better and to grow in trusting You. As Your vessels, enable us to light the way for others to follow along the pathway to Your kingdom. Show us the way that we should go today, all because of Your great love for us in Jesus. Amen.
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