Exodus 30:8 Burning Incense Regularly

He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the Lord for the generations to come. Exodus 30:8

Fragrances are used on a regular basis usually to cover up bad smells. They are to be a pleasing scent when there are bad odors in the area. Many are used in the air for in a room, while others are used on the physical body of a person.

There are often some fragrances used to calm a person down during a stressful day being peaceful and relaxing. Some can cause changes in the mind.

Aaron and his sons were to burn incense on the altar of incense in the mornings and evenings to keep them continually burning before God.

At the moment Jesus died and rose again many of the requirements in the tabernacle of the Old Testament had changed. No longer was there to be a requirement to burn incense before God on a regular basis.

Instead of burning physical incense before God, believers now offer the incense of prayers before God. John saw a vision in heaven of a bowl of incense that is called the prayers of the saints.

Prayers are a beautiful thing to God because they show that His people are trusting in Him and reaching out to Him. It is the same as when parents love it when their children call out to them. God looks forward to the pleasing aroma and sound of His followers seeking Him for help and giving Him praise.

Day and night believers need to take time to pray to God. These prayers can be ones of requests, giving thanks, repentance, praise, worship and honor to God. Times of prayer should never cease, but always be rising as a sweet incense before God.

You probably use some type of incense to mask or get rid of bad odors in your home. In the same way you use incense to help you, use prayer to have God remove the bad odor of sin in your life and to give you a new perspective on situations in your life.

God rejoices every time you offer up any prayer to Him. It is a sweet smell of love and trust. His desire is to provide the best for you and make you into the best you can be. This will be done as you offer up prayers of trust and worship on a regular basis.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God with everything in your life; that you will be in continual prayer to God; that you will offer prayers of all types to God on a regular basis; and that God will smell the sacrifices of your prayers.

Revelation 8:4 Your Prayers Are Brought Before God

The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Revelation 8:4

Asking for help is something that many people do not always like to do. Most people want to be able to do what is needed on their own. Pride is allowed to get in the way to keep many from asking for help.

Others ask for help, but it appears to fall upon deaf ears. Very few really want to go out of their way to help another person out.

John sees a picture of angels bringing incense and the prayers of the people up before God in heaven. This occurs at a time of great trouble upon the earth.

Believers are often not a lot different from the world is asking for help. In the same way pride keeps many from seeking God’s help first. Then there are others who ask, but the prayers seem to hit the ceiling and bounce back down at them, getting no where.

Although it may feel like God does not hear the prayers of a believer, He does. Those prayers are raised up before His throne all the time. The prayers of a believing believer are like an incense to God. He loves when His children call out to Him for help.

Life on this earth has many troubles for every person. As bad as the troubles are right now, there will come a time of even greater troubles. God’s judgement and wrath upon the earth is coming some day in the near future.

Rather than fear the wrath or trouble, every believer must seek God in prayer for strength and protection to walk through it. As God hears those prayers, He works in and through the lives of the believers His will to build His kingdom to give them hope in times of trouble.

Your life on this earth is no different than with most people. There will be days of trouble and turmoil. Rather than cower in fear or get angry, seek God in prayer.

God is waiting to hear your prayers and answer them. If you are alive during the time of God’s judgement upon this earth, He will strengthen you and guide you through the time of trouble. In the end will be a reward of eternal life in heaven with no more trouble ever.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God in prayer for all of your needs; that you will trust God to bring you through all challenges in life; that you will know that God hears your prayers; and that you will draw closer to God each day.