Psalm 141:2: “May my prayer be set before You like incense, my uplifted hands like the evening offering.”
Gosh! I’m back again! I just can’t seem to stop talking about the fragrance of God. It’s truly an experience to have with Jesus Christ. The more I search and study the scriptures. The more I desire my prayers to be like a sweet fragrance to God’s heart.
If you are new to this whole learning to pray journey, once you learn the mechanics. You’ll never desire anything less than God’s presence. God comes and sits in the midst of the fragrance you are creating as a reverence to His name.
I would come and sit in the fragrance too if I heard someone talking about me so greatly.
Nonetheless, Don’t worry! Your learning curve is going to be awesome. You’re going to learn so much about God through your fervent prayers. And, the more you learn about God; the more you’ll desire that throne room experience. It’s where the fragrance of prayer begins.
So, don’t take your time with God ritualistic, mundane and uninviting. Think of prayer as your divine connection to our Heavenly Father. He’s everything you need Him to be at that moment. A Mother. A Father. A Counselor. And, those A(s) are endless.
Your time with God is a fragrance. A sweet smell to God’s heart. It is going to take some time to create your own fragrance in the presence of God.
Stay consistent…It’s worth the practice.
A perfumer in the Old Testament was “The ancients who were fond of sweet perfumes of all kinds (Proverbs 27:9). These oils and incense were used to perform certain rituals. It took time to formulate these perfumes for special occasions. It’s the same thing with our prayers. It’s going to take some time for you to create that sweet smell for God’s heart.
Once you have created that fragrance. You’ll desire to find your throne room.
A place where no one is admitted. A place where you’re fragrance dwells. A place where God is waiting for you to meet Him every day.
John 14:14 (The Message) says…“From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.”
When God’s people pray earnestly, the “effective, fervent prayer of the righteous” avails much (James 5:16). Fervent prayers are Spirit-led; they’re intentional with purpose. Those are the prayers God is seeking to answer for His people. The truth is, we’re guilty of not lingering in prayer long enough to get the answers we need or the direction to make decisions regarding our families, careers, relationships, and business ventures. If we take time to linger in God’s presence, He will answer us.
Another essential point, a conversation with God is only wholesome when both parties get their opportunity to share.
Furthermore, when I am invited to pray, I usually yield time for the Holy Spirit to speak. I’ve attended so many prayer meetings where the leader does all the praying.
It’s a distraction.
Moreover, I believe it’s merely disrespectful to present all of our requests to a majestic God, and we don’t allow time for Him to speak to us.
Isn’t that why we go to Him in the first place?
To that end, I don’t think the leader or any of us are aware of what we’re doing. It’s just a habit or what we’ve perceived to be wholesome prayer. More importantly, in some cases, the leader may have to do all the praying. If corporately, the congregation is not equipped to do it alone.
On the contrary, it’s nothing wrong with the leader praying the entire time. It happens.
Now, the next time you go into prayer. Please allow God to speak. It just brings honor to His name.
In summary, prayer is not about asking God to bless us with fleshly desires. Those desires will come the more we commune with God. First, the desire should be knowing His presence. In addition, keep your prayers genuine and authentic. It’ll give you the results you need and the fragrance you hope for over time.
Finally my brethren, Revelation 8:3 says, “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.”