Just how much does a prayer weigh? Although no one knows for sure, the Bible says the twenty-four elders have “golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Rev 5:8). Imagine all your prayers in a golden bowl! Since our prayers are like incense (which is not very heavy) think of how many prayers would need to go in a bowl for it to weigh anything at all.
A story is told of a grocery store owner who tried to weigh a prayer.
It seems a tired looking woman came into his store and asked for enough food to make dinner for her three children. The grocer asked her how much money she had to spend. The frail lady answered, “I have nothing to offer but a little prayer.”
The grocer was not sentimental nor religious so he said, half-mockingly, “Write it out on paper, and I will weigh it.” So she did.
The grocer placed the prayer on the weight side of his old-fashioned scale. Then he began piling food on the other side; but to his shock and amazement, the scale would not go down. He finally became flustered and gave the woman a very large bag full of food.
The shopkeeper never saw the woman again, but he treasures the slip of paper upon which her prayer had been written;
“Please, Lord, give us this day our daily bread.”