Not giving up meeting together . . . and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Sometimes our future eternal life with
God can seem far away, belonging
more to the realm of fairy tales than to
the ordinary rhythms of everyday life.
But as God’s people, the priorities of
eternity should set our priorities. We
daily seek to live according to the aims
of heaven, and we pray, as Jonathan
Edwards prayed, “Lord, stamp eternity
on my eyeballs!”
In today’s passage we see that one of
the main activities in our future life with
God will be praying together with the
fully assembled people of God. Prayer
is not merely asking God for something
we don’t have. Prayer is presenting
our desires to God with thanksgiving.
In eternity, the gathered people of
God join their voices to express their
greatest desire—the exaltation of
Jesus—and to give God thanks for His
gift of salvation. Their meditation on
the great things God has done for them
gives rise to an eternal prayer meeting.
God’s people in heaven are freed from
sin and human weakness. No more do
they struggle against their desires—
sometimes asking for good things with
wrong motives—or offer their prayers
mixed with doubt. No more do they fall
asleep mid-prayer or put off prayer time
until tomorrow. The vision in Revelation
19 is thoroughly triumphant. The
multitude speaks to God with both body
and soul, with resounding shouts and
The prayer leader in the new heaven
and new earth will be Christ Himself.
He is the voice from the throne (v. 5)
calling His people to praise, and He
is the subject of their roaring, rushing,
thundering Hallelujahs. Jesus’ triumphal
entry to Jerusalem in Luke 19 was only
a dim foretaste of His welcome among
the multitudes who will dwell with Him
forever. The humble, roadside hosannas
of Jesus’ disciples will be amplified by
His people into eternity.
Apply the Word
If praying together is an important part of life in the new heaven and new earth, it ought to be an important part of life now. God’s Word holds forth the prospect of eternal corporate worship as encouragement to gather before His throne right now. Use times of prayer with others as a way to train your heart for eternal life with God.
Pray with Us
In conclusion of our prayer time this month, we give thanks for the gift of intercession through prayer. Let us praise God that we can come before Him, bringing our worries and cares to a God who listens and provides. Thank you for praying for us and with us!