In January 1993, I traveled to the Czech Republic with a group of intercessors to join the believers there in "christening" their new nation to the Lord.
While standing on the platform before Don Drapal's Christian Fellowship of Prague, a series of words seemed to fall into my mind.
"Have you considered the multidirectional dimension of prayer?"
This sentence captured my attention, but I did not have time to ponder it, as it was time for me to deliver my next statement. Then the words, "Remember, what goes up must come down!" burst into my conscience.
What was the Lord trying to tell me? Does prayer have more than one direction?
My thoughts were quickly taken to Revelation 8:3-5:
Another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it onto the earth. And there were noises, thundering, lightning, and an earthquake.
I could begin to see it. What goes up does come down!
Our prayers arise from our humble earthly habitation unto their heavenly destination. The angels, acting as altar attendants, take their censers and fill them with much incense (which is the prayers of the saints).
The angels become the heavenly cantors, swinging our prayers and praises before our Lord. Then they take the censers and fill them with the fire on the altar and throw it back down on the earth.
Signs and wonders follow as what went up is cast back down on the earth.
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Dr. James W. Goll is the founder of God Encounters Ministries, an award-winning author and communications trainer and has ministered in over 50 nations. For information on his webinars and online classes, visit godencounters.com. James continues to live in Tennessee and is a joyful father and grandfather today.
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