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Topic: Fragrance (10/24/05)
TITLE: Golen Bowls of Incense
By Pat Sciancalepore
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In Moses’ time, the incense the Lord required for His offering was not just any incense. It was made from a very specific recipe of only the finest and most pure ingredients.
As the shadows of the Old Testament become the glory of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, we see that our prayers have become likened to the incense offering.
“Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” Revelation 5:8
How then are our prayers like incense?
First, they need to be sacrificial. Make time to pray. Don’t give God your leftover time at the end of the day. Give up some of your leisure time, your television time, your talking on the phone time, even some of your sleeping time if necessary to spend quality time with the Lord.
Second, your prayers need to be pure. Examine the motives of your prayers. Are you giving to God your “wish list”, or are you giving Him the honor, praise, and thanksgiving due Him?
Third, follow the recipe as Jesus gave us in the example of the Lord’s prayer. Make sure you prayers include honor, confession, forgiveness of others, thanksgiving, and supplication, not for what you want, but according to God’s will for what you need to serve Him better.
When you pray, offer God your best and your finest efforts, and your prayers will rise up to heaven like a pure and sweet perfume, pleasing to your heavenly father.
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