Bowl of Prayers

Bowl of Prayers

I have had days or perhaps at times it’s more like seasons of my life where I feel like maybe I have done too much praying. Will one more prayer really make a difference? 6 years of believing, asking, contending and desiring for something will leave most people, including me, questioning whether their prayers were even heard.

Colby and I attended a conference a few weeks ago and there was something one of the speakers said about prayer that really struck a chord with me. This speaker too had been praying and contending for something regarding a healing for a long time. She shared that the very thing she was praying for she continued to see God heal in so many other people’s lives (can anyone relate)? But when she approached God and asked him why he hadn’t healed her yet, she heard Father spoke to her and I just love what he told her. It was so precious that I thought it would be good to share with someone else who needs to hear it, just as I did that day.

Father’s response was that if we saw it how he saw it we would look at it completely different. He said he doesn’t get tired or worn out by your prayers. Instead, he told her that there are bowls everywhere in heaven and every prayer you pray fills a bowl. These bowls are sitting on the throne with him. Eventually your prayers will make the bowl tip and you will receive the breakthrough that you have been waiting and asking for.

Bowl of Prayers

Now, don’t quote me on God’s response, please! None of the above was exact, but hopefully it drives a point. Every prayer matters! And, isn’t it so humbling and amazing to think our prayers are with him! He hears them and he remembers them and he values them!

Let’s quickly look at what scripture says about prayer:

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.” 1 Peter 3:12

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

“If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

“But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.” Psalm 66:19

This scriptures are just a small glimpse on the topic of prayer in the bible. But if you are someone who is wondering if you should pray or not pray they all point to, “keep praying.” I hope as you study what God’s Word says about prayer and remember the bowl visual, it encourages you that every time you pray it goes directly to the throne room. Your prayers are filling up a bowl and one day that bowl will tip and you will receive the breakthrough you are have been asking for.

Bowl of Prayers

Other Posts on the topic of Prayer

Every Prayer Matters

When Your Prayer Aren’t Answered

Praying Bold Prayers

To Keep Praying or Not to Keep Praying

When You Don’t Know What to Pray

10 Psalms to Pray When You Have No Words

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  • Melissa
    Posted at 07:55h, 16 March Reply

    I love the visual! I love the idea that just one more prayer could tip my bowl over! Such a good reminder to keep pressing! Each and every prayer matters! Thanks for sharing your heart!!

  • RebeccaJo
    Posted at 09:19h, 16 March Reply

    Funny timing reading this – I keep a prayer journal & I just did it for the day right before I read this – & it made me think – what if every day when I wrote these, I threw them in a bowl… wouldnt it be something to see fill up? I love my prayer journal though just to CHECK off all the things answered that I’d totally forget about.

  • Shannon Ketchum
    Posted at 09:51h, 16 March Reply

    Yes!!!!! Love this. I’m going to keep praying for my breakthrough knowing He hears everyone of them and it doesn’t fal on deaf ears. Thanks!

  • Myriah Mae
    Posted at 09:53h, 16 March Reply

    WOW What a visual! Love this!! Now I want a prayer bowl in my house!

  • Karena Burgess
    Posted at 10:09h, 16 March Reply

    Crying over here! This so hits home. I remember thinking that God would never give me a baby and when we lost the twins, I just stopped praying altogether for a long season. What was the point. He delivered though and now I’m in a new season where I have been praying and God has been sending me so much encouragement from all over to keep praying and I’m so grateful. Thanks for sharing this with us Caroline.

  • Julie Sullivan
    Posted at 18:42h, 16 March Reply

    This is an interesting thought. It reminds me of the book of Revelations when an angel has a bowl full of the prayers of the saints. My only hesitation with this analogy is that sometimes God chooses to not answer prayers the way we want. For example- my mentor and good friend, who is a woman of strong faith and fervent prayer, was never able to have kids and she was also never able to adopt. But she has a love for and trust in the goodness of God that is deeper than I can comprehend. Anyways, your article is a really good reminder for us to persist in praying and to remember that God does care about and count each of our prayers! But God does not guarantee that on this side of heaven he will eventually give us the breakthrough we’re asking for.

    The encouraging promise, which I’m slowly learning through my own journey of loss, is that God always gives us more of Himself when we seek Him, which is far more precious and necessary than the other things we’re also asking for.

    Here’s another good article I read recently about this same topic:

  • Nancy Kaipu
    Posted at 00:16h, 19 March Reply

    Powerful message…I am truly blessed…My hubby & I have been praying for a child for almost 10 years & this has lifted my spirit & the peace only God gives that enables understanding….

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