Friday, October 24, 2008

The Sweetness of Prayer

Great devotional by Ed Young. During your time with God today, take a moment to reflect and reconnect with the Creator!

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

When God gave Moses the instructions for building the tabernacle and for the various forms of worship, one of the things that he ordered was the burning of fragrant incense.
Each morning and evening the priest was to burn incense on an altar, so that "incense will burn regularly before the Lord for the generations to come" (Exodus 30:8).
The incense, which had a sweet-smelling fragrance, was representative of the prayers being lifted to God in worship.
Most of us, when we think of prayer, think that it's our way to communicate with God. And yes, that is part of it. But prayer is also a form of worship.
So as you turn to God through prayer, realize that you are offering that sweet-smelling incense to God. And as you lift your requests, joys, concerns and most of all praise to God prayer, see that holy time as a time of worship.

A Prayer for Today
Dear God, It's so easy for me to turn to you in prayer to ask you for what I need or tell you what I want. Help me realize that every time I turn to you through prayer, I am offering you something. I only pray that each prayer brings with it that sweet-smell of incense. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.