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Prayers and Incense

So what happens to our prayers? Revelation 5:8 says: “…the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.” I’ve always thought that incense referred to the aroma produced by burning something. Not true. Incense is the material burned which in turns produces the aroma. So our prayers? They are a product that produces a holy and acceptable aroma to God as He sits on His throne. I wonder if they smell like patchouli or sandalwood or probably something way better than all those…
What do you think your prayers smell like?


One response

  1. Craig

    Or maybe smoke and ash? Like, just escaping with your family intact as your flaming home burns to the ground, and your prayer of joyful relief mixes with the adrenaline of your terror and your tears that run black.

    Perhaps antiseptic and disinfectant – medicinal – coming from the hospital room of a dying loved one? Or blood and glass mixed with gasoline from an auto wreck?

    In places like these, where our prayers are most visceral and fervent, combined with a long, drawn out or sudden, instant episode of fear and loss – maybe our strongest moments of prayer – what do these smell like to God?

    July 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

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