Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.”
I enjoy getting notes from people in my church. Every once in a while, I get a note from one of our children who spend time letting their preacher know in the best way they know how that they love their preacher. Those little love notes that they send to their preacher are read and cherished.
Love notes are always special, especially when they come from your family. When my wife gives me a card on our anniversary or my birthday, I read the note and cherish it, and then I put it in a drawer to save. My daughter has also had her way of giving me love notes. As a little girl, she would make a card and give it to me, and as a grown lady, she sends me a text letting me know that she loves me. Those love notes that she gives to me are put in the same drawer with the notes and cards from my wife because they are precious to me.
The verse above shows that God saves our prayers. Notice that it says, “…and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” Apparently, the prayers of the believer are considered love notes to God that He saves, cherishes, and promises to answer. The fact that God would save our prayers should cause every believer to want to pray daily. What is even better is that God did not say what type of prayer He saves, which means that every type of prayer is considered a love note to God. The prayer of repentance is a love note to God. The prayer for help is a love note to God. The prayer for financial assistance is a love note to God. The prayer for God to give His power is a love note to God. It doesn't matter what the type of prayer that you pray may be; God considers that prayer as your love note to Him. Let me give you three thoughts about your prayers being a love note to God.
First, God hears your prayers. God can't save something that He does not hear. The fact that God hears your prayers ought to challenge you to pray more often. God hearing your prayers is not dependent on if you feel God heard them; it is the fact that He promises to hear your prayer that should give you the confidence that your prayers have been heard.
Second, God saves your prayers. Every prayer that you have prayed has been saved. My friend, your prayers are not in vain. The fact that God has saved your prayers means that He intends to answer them in His timing. You have to understand that God doesn't work on man’s timing but on His timing with an eternity view. God knows when the best time is to answer your prayer, and the fact that God saves your prayers should encourage you that He has not forgotten what you have asked.
Third, your prayers are precious to God. God describes the prayers of the saints as “golden vials full of odours.” The word “odours” is talking about a perfume or fragrance. In other words, your prayers are like your fragrance to God that reminds Him of you every time He smells it. Though you are never out of the mind of God, your prayers keeps God thinking of you all the time. Every time you pray is like a smell of a good perfume that God likes to smell.
Now, let me ask you, when is the last time you have sent a love note to God? The fact that God considers your prayers a love note should encourage you to pray regularly.