In the late 1970’s to ‘80s, there was a popular commercial on T.V. for a brokerage firm, E.F. Hutton. Their motto was "When E. F. Hutton talks, People listen!" This usually involved a young professional making a remark at a dinner party that his broker was EF Hutton, which caused the moderately loud party to stop all conversation to listen at what E.F. Hutton had to say. I have had to endure watching that commercial so much (we did not have DVR, where I could pause it and fast forward); that phrase is engrained in my mind. The stock market crash of ’87, bad business dealings, and mergers and acquisitions, silenced E.F. Hutton.
As Christians, we must never forget, when we pray, God is always listening. In Revelation 8, we see that prayer is the Christian’s avenue of direct participation to God’s throne. Notice the words of John in Revelation 8:1-4, “When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.”
In the court house, before a jury’s verdict is read, there is silence. A significant announcement is about to be made, lives are going to change. The silence here has to do with delay. Rev. 10:5-6, the angels states there shall be no more delay, “Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there will be delay no longer.” Why the delay? Why the silence? Habakkuk wrote, “But the Lord is in His Holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him” (Hab. 2:20). At times, heaven calls for silence, so shouldn’t we at times be silent? We are often so caught up in our busy lives and schedule, we rarely ever stop and spend some time in delay, in silence. We need to be on blended knee more.
What are the 7 Trumpets? The blowing of the 7 Trumpets is God’s warning judgements, giving the oppressors time to repent. Our prayers for those to repent do not go unheard, or unanswered. God not only listens to our prayers, He delivers results. Now of course, the answer will not always be yes. But to know we have a God in heaven who we can go to in communication by the avenue of prayer is most comforting. James states, “the effectual prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much (James 5:16). David poured out His heart in prayer in Psalm 55. He reached to God, “As for me, I shall call upon God, And the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:16-17).
Are we calling upon God in effectual prayer? If you are suffering, if you are thankful, if you just want to praise God. Whatever it may be, take time to delay, and go to Him in prayer!