Posted by: bshelley | May 19, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for May 20, 2008

Today’s Verse: Psalm 141:2 May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. NASB

What rich and deeply prayerful thoughts! I am humbled. Sometimes my prayers seem so shallow by comparison. Certainly up against someone who God calls a man after His own heart, well, that can be pretty stiff competition. It is not a competition though to see who can pray the best or the deepest or the longest. When King David prays that his words would be counted as incense before God, the reference is to the grain offering a worshipper would make in the Temple. Incense was used in the grain offering by worshippers as a symbol of prayer and gratitude. The grain was offered up as a token for all that the worshipper had. He was dedicating all that he possessed up to God in thanks for the blessings God had given. The lifting up of holy hands is a gesture of reaching out to God with cleansed and unstained hands. A worshipper would reach to the sky and worship his Father, Creator, Provider. The word translated as “worship” literally means to blow kisses up towards God. What a wonderful and moving prayer. As my morning offering O Lord Most High, I pray that “my prayer be counted as incense before You” and that “The lifting of my hands” in praise and gratitude for all You continually do for me is acceptable before You in Christ’s righteous name. Amen and Amen.



  1. Wow! this is a great reminder…that our prayers shouldn’t include the word “ME” so often!! (help ME, strengthen ME, show ME—etc!!)
    Can i include your site on my blogroll? I’m sure it will benefit others!
    Thank you for your encouragements! (and your helpful links too.)

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