Prayer is a powerful tool that has never stopped working. Each time someone dropped down to his knees and called on the name of the Lord he; at some time or another, received a response either a positive one or a negative one. Isaiah said call upon the Lord while he can be found(Is55:6). We need to take advantage of this access we have to calling upon God these days. Jesus said that if you asked anything in his name he will do it(Jh14:13). The ability to have anything we ask from the one who has everything under his possession is exhilarating. Everything is his(Jh16:15) and he will give it to us if we ask. Prayer is that vehicle by which we direct to God for which we tap into to receive of him. But in order for us to receive anything from God there is a process for our prayers to get to him. Revelations tells us that our prayers are stored in vials in the form of odor(rev5:8) and these prayers are offered unto God(rev8:3). So, before prayers are offered unto God they are stored in vials waiting. The question is there a way that our prayers can come up first before God?
9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
The religious people of God felt that they needed to fast and adorn themselves sadness in sackcloth’s and ashes for God to hear their prayers. Like many who pretend to follow God, when they need his help do not get it because the prayers do not make before him. To get our prayers to come out of the vials and into the presence of God Isaiah gives us ideas what we need to do. We need to seek to bless someone before we pray. When we purposely seek to minister or bless someone and not for the purpose to make God hear our prayers but to do what God wants us to do, is when our prayers find themselves out of vials. Daniel’s prayer came before God out of the vials and as soon as he began praying; instantaneously, God sent response to him(Dan9:21-23). Daniel not only received a response but more, he received skills to equip him for what was to come. Our response to our prayers come with more then what we ask.