Sorrow or Rejoicing in Heaven?

“When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!” Amen.

Will there be any regrets in heaven?

It has been said that one of the greatest disappointments we’ll have once we get to heaven is how little we used the power of prayer!

Yes, the Bible tell us that God will take away our sorrows and wipe away our tears—but is it possible that before all sorrow is erased we will see clearly like never before the many ways we could have conquered and triumphed if we had fully appropriated all the resources God made available to us?

The history of missions, revival, and every great exploit in the kingdom is the history of the answered prayers of God’s people.

Behind the spiritual success of every John and Charles Wesley was a praying mother; behind the anointed revival preaching of every Charles Finney was a Father Nash.

One author writes, “Most remember the Wesley brothers’ triumph and splendor, but overlook the value of a mother’s prayers. . . Mark it clearly: behind the saving grace for every soul was someone praying.”

Again we find that before Finney came to preach at his famous revivals, “One man, known as Father Nash, would precede him three to four weeks in advance . . . No great crowds waited to welcome him. . . Father Nash would quietly find a place of prayer. He had no home, no church support, and often missed the taste of home-cooked meals. Nights were spent without a bed, and clothes became frayed. What did Nash receive for this? Little in this life, perhaps, but much in the life to come . . . Few realize how many souls found Christ because of Father Nash. Time, no doubt, will show that behind every soul won for Christ was intercessory prayer.”

In conclusion, the author simply stated:

“When we walk with God in eternity, we will quickly learn everything of worth that was accomplished was connected to an intercessor’s prayers.”

One way to restate this truth would be as follows:

When we walk with God in eternity we will clearly see that every verse translated and church planted was directly connected to an intercessor’s prayers.

Lord, teach us to pray!

Amen.

-Joel Martin, General Director
Quotations from Dick Eastman, No Easy Road: Inspirational Thoughts on Prayer

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10