Prayer – Bottles and Bowls

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp [kithara],

and  golden bowls  full of incense,

which are the  prayers of the saints.

 And they sang a new song – Revelation 5:8-9

These words are filled with encouragement.  To know our conversations with our great God are savored and kept as remembrances in heaven.

Lamentations 2:11 – My eyes fail with tears, My heart is troubled;

Joel 2:12 – “Turn to Me with all your heart,With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”

Psalm 56:8 – You number my wanderings; 

Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?

Our hearts-cry, our lamentations, our tears of sorrow and joy are noted, saved, and collected by our Heavenly Father. That gives me so much comfort to know how much our loving Lord cares for us.  Our sufferings may continue in this life, yet we trust God is working out a higher purpose for our good and some day we will have complete answers and fulfillment.

As I reviewed these verses a vision of my colored glass in my home came to mind.  I documented my collection of these beautiful vases, bowls and containers in photo.  It also leads me to reflect on the colorful imagery of the heavenly throne. As witnessed in the earthly creation – God encompasses beauty and color.

And He who sat there was like a  jasper and a  sardius stone in appearance;

and there was a rainbow around the throne,

in appearance like an emerald.

Revelation 4:3

The Stones of the New Jerusalem (more colorful images)

The description of the foundations of the New Jerusalem mentions twelve different stones. Immediately, this brings to mind the twelve stones on the high priest’s breastplate. 
Revelation 21:19-20.

The stones represented each of the twelve tribes and also points to New Jerusalem.

The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.

Revelation 21:19-20

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as  white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:18

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to  cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

And it shall be, on the day when you cross over the Jordan to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, that you shall set up for yourselves large stones, and whitewash them with lime. 3 You shall write on them all the words of this law, when you have crossed over, that you may enter the land which the Lord your God is giving you, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey,’ just as the Lord God of your fathers promised you.

Deuteronomy 27:2-3

Did You Know God Collects Your Tears In a Bottle? (beautiful bottle imagery)

He cares so much about you… He knows every thought you have, every ache you have in your heart, and all of your desires.  Psalm 56:8 says “You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

Remember your little glass bottle next time you cry, and remember to be close to Jesus.  He can help you turn those tears into joy, and that little bottle of yours will be your welcome home gift when you arrive at your eternal home.

Reviewing colorful words in scripture and my colored glass collection reminds me of the brilliant glow of color that emanates from the illuminated stars in the sky.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handy work.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.”
night unto night sheweth knowledge.

Psalm 19:1-3

He counts the number of the stars and he calls all of them by names.

Psalm 147:4

Discovering the Stars – Pulsating stars with brilliant color!

Hebrew: nod: a skin bottle, skin

Translated: bottle, jug, wineskin, wineskins – Origen: noywd {node}; also (feminine) no) dah {no-daw’}; from an unused root of uncertain signification; a (skin or leather) bag (for fluids) — bottle.

The literal word is not one of color, but a container made of skin.

Revelation 5:8-9

8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp [kithara], and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song

A beautiful, hope-filled message: Revelation 5:9-14 – Universal Worship of the Lamb – Audio link (more in the series)

Ezekiel 9:4 – And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Revelation 7:4 – And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

The Bond-Servants are Sealed, Part 2 – Revelation 7:1-8

Greek: phialé: a shallow and flat bowl

Golden Bowls and Harps

30 Days of Prayer – Elul – Song of Solomon – Prayer community 😉  

Kithara – Guitar of God 432Hz


1 Corinthians 14:7 

Revelation 5:8 – having each harps and golden bowls

Revelation 14:2 – to which the praises of God are sung in heaven

Revelation 15:2

2788. kithara – a harp, lyre.

2790. kitharódos: one who plays and sings to the lyre

kiitos = thanks in Finnish  (a word I knew 😉 

kiittää = thank, praise, commend, bless, exalt

Persian sihtar (see sitar)

Kithara, Psaltery, Harps of God



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