reprinted from September 19, 2011
Stamps, coins, baseball cards… all things that get collected. Perhaps Barbie dolls and firearms could be collectible. It takes a special type of person to collect exotic sports cars. What collectors have in common is the desire to gather, catalog and/or display as many of a particular item as can be obtained.
God is a collector, too. What could God possibly collect? He created the heavens, the earth, and all that exists. He owns the cattle of a thousand hills. What could be of such importance to God that he pays careful attention to gather, store with care, and perhaps one day put on display?
Consider Revelation 8:
When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Rev 8:1-4
Our prayers – they are special to God. He cannot simply speak more into existence. There are many prayers recorded in scripture: the prayer of Jabez and the Model Prayer teach us how to pray; Jesus poured out his soul at Gethsemane; Moses and David practically prayed poetry. Jesus began praying early each morning while it was still night. God hears each one. Like a Hank Aaron rookie card or an ’81 DeLorean, each is precious. There is nothing he desires more, and they will someday produce a sweet aroma in Heaven.