37. The sweet incense of prayer

Last week we had a look at the golden table of showbread and we learned that Jesus is now our bread of life. And He wants us to come to Him, to fellowship with Him and to take in this bread of life, Him. Then His life and life in abundance can flow through us.

Today we will have a look at the altar of incense. The golden altar of incense was in front of the curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. God commanded the priests to burn incense there every morning and evening. The incense was to be left burning continually as a pleasing aroma to God.

The incense burning was a symbol of prayers offered to God. We learn that from:

"Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice." Psalm 141:2

"Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand." Revelation 8:3, 4

The incense was thus a symbol of the prayers of the saints. And God was pleased to have this aroma before Him day and night. God loves our prayers. He loves to hear from us. He loves to talk to us. And it is interesting to me that the altar of incense was right in front of the entrance to the Most Holy Place. Therefore God was saying prayer, in other words conversation with Him, was the way to enter into the Most Holy Place. Being close to Him, one with Him, gives access into the holiest of all.

Jesus said that we must pray using His Name:

"And whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it." John 14:13, 14

Therefore Jesus is the entrance into the Most Holy Place. Using His Name will give us the right to enter. Why? Because we are too sinful on our own. We cannot enter without a sacrifice. But Jesus came and was our perfect Sacrifice. His death tore the veil in two, giving all of us entrance, clothed with the righteousness of Christ. And then when we pray, our prayers will be granted and what we ask for will be granted. Why? Because we will be praying what Jesus would be praying. We will be thinking and breathing like Him and our requests will be in line with His will. All glory to Him! Then all things will be added unto us.

This year I have learned so much about prayer. Prayer is in essence communication with God, whether audible or not, whether in our soul or in our spirit, or whether it is just a constant knowing that God is close to you. Prayer is just being with Him, knowing everything will work out for my good as I stay close to Him in the Most Holy Place. This type of prayer is sweet incense unto Him and pleases Him. He simply wants your undivided love and attention directed towards Him and His Kingdom. That is why Jesus said all things will be added unto you if you make His Kingdom your primary concern.

Look up to Him, pray, communicate and love. He is good, always!

Father we love to come into Your presence. We love to spend time with You. Thank you for all Your faithfulness. In You lie all the answers to life! Amen

1 comment for “37. The sweet incense of prayer”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Monday, 20 May 2019 at 9:43:38 AM

    May we not come into His presence with a shopping list of what we want Him to do for us, but rather a request that whatever WE do, it will be in His will for His kingdom.

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