As I closed this month’s newsletter for NFI, Revelation 5 came to mind. We rightly think of all the preaching, witnessing, and years of hard missionary work learning languages and translation. Then there are the billions of dollars that have been spent over centuries. Great as all these have been, I have no doubt that the prayers that have gone up to God, pleading with Him to spread the gospel and open hearts, will remain as eternal incense to God.
“And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the scroll and to open its seals, for You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (5:8–9).
Hospitals, schools, wells, organizations and all the funding that goes into missionary effort is never mentioned in Revelation. The prayers of the saints are! Not only that, they carry with them an aroma, as if they were a sacrifice of Christ. Such prayers are answered by redeeming “people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation!” We could not do anything greater than give ourselves to prayer. They have eternal consequences.
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