How You Who Are True Believers Are Involved In Temple Worship

He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four 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. (Revelation 5:7-8 NIV)

In these verses Jesus, the slain yet risen lamb, exercises His right by taking the scroll of seven seals from the hand of God the Father. The twenty four elders formally recognize this authoritative act by falling down before the Lamb, just as they had previously fallen down before the Father (Revelation 4:10).

Note here that the elders are holding bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people (i.e saints). All of us who are true believers have a responsibility and an opportunity to contribute to the worship of God in heaven, through our prayers. When we pray with a pure heart our prayers are heard in heaven, not only so that God can answer them, but so that the prayers themselves can assist the elders in glorifying our Great God.

All true believers are priests. This is something we must realize. Therefore, let us strive to send God not only our prayer requests, but praise and thanks as often as we think of it.

Further reading:

you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ… you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (II Peter 2:5,9-10).

 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscienceand having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:19-25)

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