Walking through the parking lot to work, the sky was a low wintry dark backdrop through bare tree limbs, a worker’s mower mixed fresh-cut grass into the fall air…the moment captivated me, I wanted to stay there…it was like it contained something I needed to search out.
Like my experience this morning, when we pray, precious scents waft through the air up to heaven. The moment holds so much more beyond what we know or even feel sometimes. The moment becomes eternally valuable in: relationship with our Lord Jesus, relationship with our Father, and in petitions that come before Father and never die. Our words are alive and are producing a fragrant sacrifice into the atmosphere of heaven.
“Let my prayers be set before You as incense” Ps.141:2
Go beyond the religious prayers of lofty words, go beyond the prayers for self, go beyond making it something complicated and just talk to Jesus… seek out the depth of prayer and enter into The Presence of deeper relationship…Holy Spirit is there to help, just ask.
In the days of Moses, there was a tabernacle not just anyone could enter, only the Priest. In the Holy Place, there was an altar of incense that burned each day filling the Holy Place and Holy of Holies with its fragrance. “Each morning and evening when the priests entered the Holy Place, they took a handful of incense and sprinkled it upon the glowing coals on the altar as their one action performed exclusively unto God.”
Each Morning and Each Evening – our prayers are that action we can perform exclusively unto God, and is an incense that is enjoyed by Father God in heaven. And what a way God made for us to have this access…Jesus made the way. The veil has been torn allowing full access to the Holy of Holies, to the Mercy Seat. We, as a child of God, are given full access to Him and all His benefits.
David had caught the knowing of this access that the Cross would give us, long before Christ came to earth. David’s tabernacle didn’t have 3 sections. The Ark of the Covenant/The Mercy Seat was not kept from the worshippers. It was not separated by a veil. We are in an ever more glorious place now, are we not? We now have Holy Spirit inside of us…sharing the mind of God, guiding us, and leading us in all ways – even in prayer.
Let’s pray to know Father God and Jesus, to hear His heart, to be close to Him, and to reverence Him.
God deserves more than a moment of our prayers and a small whiff of stale old religious perfume. The sweetest fragrance comes from honesty, brokenness, openness…time gives it its richness, and fullness.
Rev 5:8. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Rev 8:3-4. Another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.Quote: Ancient Worhsip for a New Millennium by Alvis and Paul Harthern picture: fireofgodservants.blogspot.com