Treasured Prayer
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread reading for today titled treasured prayer was written by James Banks
 the Clark's Nutcracker is an amazing bird every year It prepares for winter by hiding tiny Kesha's a four or five whitebark Pine seeds as many as 500 seeds per hour then months later it returns to uncover the seeds even under heavy snow a Clark's Nutcracker may remember as many as 10,000 locations where it has hidden seeds and astounding feat especially when you consider the difficulty we humans can have remembering the location of our car keys or glasses but even this incredible active memory pales in comparison with God's ability to remember our prayers he's able to keep track of every sincere prayer and remember and respond to them even years later in the Book of Revelation the Apostle John describes four living creatures and 24 Elders worshiping the Lord in heaven each one was holding golden bowls full of in
 which are the prayers of God's people
 just as incense was precious in the ancient world our prayers are so precious to God that he keeps them before him continually treasured in Golden bowls our prayers matter to God because we matter to him and threw his undeserved kindness to us and Jesus he offers us uninhibited access so pray boldly and know that not a word will be forgotten or misplaced because of the amazing love of God
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Revelation chapter 5 verses 6 through 10
 then I saw a lamb looking as if it had been slain standing at the center of the throne encircled by the four living creatures and the elders the lamb had seven horns and seven eyes which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the Earth he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne and when he had taken at the four living creatures and the 24 Elders fell down before the lamb each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of God's people and they saying a new song saying you are worthy to take the scroll and to open it seals because you were slain and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and Nation you have made them to be a kingdom and Priests
 serve our God and they will reign on the Earth
 let's pray
 Heavenly Father what a comfort it is to know that you not only hear our prayers today but remember them and respond to them ever Faithfully please give us the perseverance to pray and the faith to look for what you alone can do thank you Lord It's in Jesus name that we pray amen
 thanks for listening today my name is Wes Ward and two days and courage but was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries