STORED UP PRAYERS

STORED UP PRAYERS

Acts 10:4 ¶ And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” ¶ So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.

If you really think about it, prayers have an eternal something about them because they are generated by God. Prayers are actually stored up. One of the stunning visions in the book of Revelation is found in chapter 8 where the angel hurls the censer full of prayers to the earth, this begins the season of justice aimed at man. This censer is full of the prayers of the church and it effects what happens during the last days of our planet. Your prayers are all stored up. Prayers for your kids, your parents, your neighbors, none of them are forgotten or wasted. They all last forever. In today’s verse the angel tells Cornelius that his prayers have come up as a memorial before God. What happened that day was somehow connected to those stored up prayers. Here is how A. B. Simpson sees it.

“What a beautiful expression the angel used to Cornelius, Thy prayers are come up for a memorial. It would almost seem as if supplications of years had accumulated before the Throne, and at last the answer broke in blessings on the head of Cornelius, even as the accumulated evaporation of months bursts in floods of rain upon the parched ground. God is represented as treasuring the prayers of His saints in vials; they are described as sweet odors. They are placed like fragrant flowers in the chambers of the king and kept in constant remembrance before Him. Later they are said to be poured out upon the earth; and lo, there are voices, and thunderings and great providential movements fulfilling God’s purposes for His kingdom. We are called “the Lord’s remembrancers,” and are commanded to give Him no rest, day or night, but to crowd the heavens with our petitions. And in due time the answer will come with its accumulated blessings. Not a whisper of true prayer is ever lost. The longer it waits, the larger it becomes.”

What a powerful thought, all of your prayers have a lasting effect. Your forgotten prayers, your casual prayers, those desperate prayers; they are all stored up and are released as a memorial before God. In Cornelius’ case, it resulted in an incredible outpouring of the Spirit upon his family. He had obviously be praying for some kind of awakening for his family and friends. What have you been asking God for lately? All those prayers have been heard and apparently there is some kind of accumulated effect that results in answered prayer. So what do you think surprised Cornelius the most that day? Was it the angel that showed up in his house or maybe it was the effect of all those forgotten prayers. It seems his whole family was converted that day, maybe even the ones that seemed without hope.

5 Replies to “STORED UP PRAYERS”

  1. Yes!!yes!! Ephesians 6:18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints! ! Yes!! Yes!!

  2. Awesome, awesome, awesome news. I do have a question. I know praying in tongues is for building up our spirit, & relying on the Holy Spirit to pray through us when we know not what to pray. My praying usually starts out with words then jumps to tongues then usually finishes with words. I feel that most times I really don’t trust my understanding of all that the person or circumstance that I’m praying for needs to bring about perfect resolution, so I really trust the Holy Spirit to pray through me in tongues to hit the “bullseye” So these also not remembered prayers, of us Spirit filled Christians, will rain down on us, just like our worded prayers?

    Remain prayerfull my friends.

  3. GLORIOUS, HALLELUJAH, AWESOME, PEACE, PATIENCE, IT’S ALL HIS TIMING, HALLELUJAH, PRAISE THE LORD
    THE GREAT ALMIGHTY, I AM…
    HAVE AN AWESOME DAY IN OUR KING, PASTOR FRANK, WITH LOVE.
    PRAY, PRAY AND DO SOME MORE PRAYING HALLELUJAH.
    🙂

  4. BOY!! WITH THE RAPTURE SO SO NEAR ……………

    THIS HAS CHALLENGED ME TO RECALL JUST HOW MANY:

    “SHAKE THEM ‘ TIL THEIR TEETH RATTLE”
    PRAYERS I HAVE PRAYED THRU THE YEARS !!!

    SOME HAVE ALREADY COME TO JESUS, HOWEVER,
    THOSE WHO HAVE NOT COME TO JESUS,

    “THEY” WILL BE IN FOR IT !!!

    DAY OF GRACE OVER !!!

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