Pray Like a Warrior
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“Think of my prayer as sweet-smelling incense, and think of my lifted hands as an evening sacrifice.” Psalm 141:2 CEV
I love smells. Well, let me restate that...I love pleasant smells. Park me in a candle store, stroll me past a coffee shop, take me for a ride in your new car, open my window near a blooming gardenia bush on a breezy day, and I am captivated by the fragrances.
In Old Testament times, Israel’s priests would burn incense in the temple. This fragrance symbolized the prayers of God’s people, offered up to Him as a sweet-smelling incense.
“And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb (Christ), each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of fragrant incense, which are the prayers of the saints (God’s people).” Revelation 5:8 AMP
John’s vision in this verse describes how the elders symbolically presented (not interceded, since Jesus is the only mediator between God and man) our precious prayers to God and how He regards them as fragrant incense from valuable golden bowls.
Our prayers are pleasing to God, because when we bring our petitions before Him, we are acknowledging our need for Him and placing our trust in Him. We are surrendering what we cannot control to the only One who is in control. Friend, our Heavenly Father values us and our prayers. These prayers, offered up in faith, are never hollow or insignificant. There are no prayers that God will ever disregard, allow to slip past Him, or are too challenging for Him. You are never too far from God for Him to be captivated by your sweet-smelling incense of prayer.
We thank You for receiving each word of our petitions to You as fragrant incense. In doing so, we acknowledge and submit to Your power, Your authority, and Your ultimate control. May the fragrances we savor be a sweet reminder of how You delight to receive and answer our prayers, according to Your perfect will, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
By: Jonie Buckley
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.