Saturday, April 6, 2013
On Earth as it is in Heaven
And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each was holding a harp (lute or guitar), and they had golden bowls full of incense (fragrant spices and gums for burning), which are the prayers of God's people (the saints). And [now] they sing a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll and to break the seals that are on it, for You were slain (sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:8-9 AMP
The atmosphere of heaven is full of heartfelt praise to Almighty God. The angels with one voice extol Him. It is a place of intense worship, where Jehovah is the sole object of their devotion. And the prayers of the saints are offered as incense to Him. We, who are born from above, are called to worship as well. We are called to give to God our heartfelt praise, we are to offer Him our intercession for others and for the furtherance of His kingdom.
We can enter into the praise of heaven. Jesus said, “Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We are to pray for the ways of heaven to become part of our daily experience. We are to give ourselves to intercession and praise. We are to surrender to Almighty God and let him have full reign. The Bible calls His children priests of the Most High. In the Old Testament the priests offered sacrifices to the Lord. In this present day, believers are called priests as well. And we are to offer God our sacrifices of believing prayer and fervent praise.
Although Christ calls us to live a devoted life, this does not mean that we will always enjoy life on the mountain of glory. Much of our lives on earth will be spent in the toil of the dark valley. While Jesus draws us to worship Him and pray for others, we must learn to live this out in an ordinary world. While we grow in intimacy with our Lord, we will also experience the pressure and sweat of an earthly existence. But with help of the Holy Spirit we can live out our lives on earth as it is in heaven.