Where Do Our Prayers Go?

"Your prayers...have come up for a memorial before God." - Ac 10:4 NKJV
Have you ever wondered where your prayers go?  The answer is "up for a memorial before God."  Notice that they are "before" Him.  They are in His hands and on His mind.  Here when Cornelius prayed, God not only changed his circumstances, He changed history; for the first time, Gentiles heard the gospel and became part of the kingdom of God.  How long had Cornelius been praying?  We don't know; the Bible just calls him "a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave aims generously to the people, and prayed to God always" (v.2 NKJV). Prayer was not a hotline Cornelius used when he got into trouble or had a problem he couldn't solve.  He "prayed to God always." He had a lifestyle of prayer. The word "memorial" means God remembers what you pray about.  Prayer is like putting money into the bank account.   You may  not draw on it today or tomorrow, but it will be there when you need it.  Don't get caught up in religious rituals.  You can pray anywhere, anytime, about anything, and God will answer you.  "Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice" (Ps 55:17 NKJV). When you run out of gas on the highway, you can't blame the car.  You got busy doing other things and neglected what was important.  Prayer makes you conscious of God, keeps you connected to God, and positions you to receive what you need from God.  So, keep praying because your prayers go "up for a memorial before God."

This Message taken from: Daily Devotional - The Word For You Today





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