Golden Bowls

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Revelation 5:1-10

The twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (v. 8)

What was the average person praying about in 1857? Certainly there were many unspoken prayers known only by God. Obviously there is no one who prayed back then to interview today to ask about those prayers.

Still, prayers live longer than people. John tells us they live in golden bowls in heaven. And some of the prayers of Fulton Street still live in New York City. These handwritten prayers are glued into a prayer album kept in the archives of the Collegiate Corporation, the original Reformed churches of New York City.

Do you wonder if your prayers are heard? Worse yet, do you think they are forgotten? According to Revelation, they are not. God keeps our prayers in priceless containers and waits for just the right time to tip the bowls and change the course of human history.

Take a picture in your mind of that scene in heaven. Then take it with you into your prayer closet. You might try setting a bowl on your dinner table for family devotions. Don’t forget that God doesn’t forget. You may be praying prayers today that find their way into future family albums years from now.


Thank you, God, for forgetting our sins and remembering our prayers.