Posted by: bshelley | January 13, 2009

Prayers as Incense

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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

This is such beautiful and loving language. The incense was used in the grain offering and at other times in the Temple symbolizing prayer and gratitude extended up to the Father. It was to be a fragrant aroma to God from hearts filled with love, adoration and appreciation towards Him. When we bow to pray, is that our attitude? Do we see prayer as an offering to God? Yes, it is us talking to God, but what do we say? When Jesus was asked by His disciples to teach them to pray, His answer began with instruction to begin with praising God for who He is and what He has done. Too often, prayers just cut directly to the “ask” part. If we begin to see our prayers more in the light of a fragrant offering lifted up to Him like the sweet aroma of incense rising to the heavenly places, our attitude in prayer cannot help but be one of humility and thankfulness. May your prayers today and always be like the lifting of grateful hands and carry a fragrant aroma of thanks and blessings lifted up to our heavenly Father. His heart and yours will be lifted and blessed.

May He bless your heart as you seek His.

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