Hot air balloons work because hot air rises.  By heating the air inside the balloon with the burner, it becomes lighter than the cooler air on the outside.  This causes the balloon to float upwards as if it were in water.  Obviously, if the air is allowed to cool, the balloon begins to slowly come down.

Science of Hot Air Ballooning – Virgin Balloon Flights

God created the ability for hot air to rise so that when heat builds up within the balloon, it can rise into the heavens taking passengers to see things they would not see otherwise.  When we pray, we want our prayers to rise up to the throne of God and be heard.  We learn from the scriptures just as the balloon needs the hot air inside it to rise.  We also need something  that strengthens our prayers  to rise to God.  We need something that is greater than the sin and hatred of this cold world.  It is something that actually improves our prayers, so that God will accept them.  The Bible states that we need the help of the Holy Spirit, without which our prayers would not rise up and be improved to a holy God.  I thank the Lord Jesus that after we are saved, he gives us the Holy Spirit for this reason, and many others.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)


The United States Navy has over 700 ships that comprise of what is called the “Mothball Navy”.  These vessels are anchored in various harbors around the country, and receive regular maintenance to prevent rust.  But they are just sitting there, doing nothing, even though they all require a considerable sum of money and effort to maintain them

Ask any pastor and he will tell you that one of the frustrations of the ministry is that there are so many “Mothballed Christians” in the church.  They sit harbored there – week in and week out.  They require maintenance, especially when they have a problem or need.  But they are not doing anything to serve the Lord.  Pastors call this the 80/20 rule., that 20 percent of the Christians do 80 percent of the work.  But this should not be!  If Christ has saved you from your sins, then out of love you should be zealous to serve him!  For Jesus said “For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered, but to minister and give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).  If we are growing to be like Jesus, then our focus in life should be to serve him.