When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and… Revelation 8:1-5
There is an old joke about this Bible passage. It goes like this, ‘How do we know men will be taken to heaven before women? Because, the Bible says there was silence for about a half an hour’. Ok, love it, hate me. This really is the calm before the storm. The trumpets are about to sound, bringing with them the wrath of God. Beforehand, the prayers of God’s people rise to Him. Its almost as if the injustice of all time will now be revealed. Of course, for those who are saved, the wrath of God was poured out upon His own Son on the cross. But for the unbelieving, its a time of recompense.
Do my prayers rise to God? Have I suffered from the sins of others? Am I grateful that my sins are forgiven by the substitutionary death of Jesus upon the cross?
God, sometimes a half hour of reflection and prayer is what I need. Thank you that You listen and do not miss any injustice in the world. I am so glad that You are the judge of the world and not me. On this day of worship, may I sing praises to Your name and enter into a time of fellowship with all those who call You Lord. Would you save many today as we gather and invite friends?!