The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers.      ( 1 Peter 3:12)

You and I live in a loud world. To get someone’s attention is no easy task. He or she must be willing to set everything aside to listen: turn down the radio, turn away from the monitor, turn the corner of the page and set down the book.

When someone is willing to silence everything else so he can hear us clearly, it is a privilege. A rare privilege, indeed.

[Your] prayers are honored [in heaven] as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord….Your words do not stop until they reach the very throne of God. Your prayer on earth activates God’s power in heaven and “God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don’t need to.

But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth.

Fr. Andrew, T.O.R.