Communication is essential to any good relationship! We know that we communicate with God through our prayers, but have you ever felt He has left you with unanswered prayers?
While striving to communicate with God, many may find themselves reciting “The Lord’s Prayer”, or other memorized prayers written in a prayer book or even a prayer bible. Some people will light a prayer candle, while others will use incense prayer sticks. But one might wonder, what kinds of prayers really please our Lord? Does it make a difference if our prayer is long, or short, or whether it is out loud, or prayed silently in a prayer closet? Do we need to stand, or must we always kneel? There are many considerations, but the biggest of all is: what do we express when we pray? So many times, if we have a particular problem, that problem is all that God hears about in our prayers.
This Bible study explains the fact that it is not how you pray, or what you do when you pray, BUT IT IS THAT WHICH COMES FROM YOUR HEART that makes the difference in whether or not you are heard by God.
We will explore how INCENSE is used as a symbol throughout the Scriptures to portray true prayer, such as in David’s prayer in Psalms 141.
Psalms 141:1-3 (KJV)
141:1 Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee [as] incense; [and] the lifting up of my hands [as] the evening sacrifice.
141:3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
We will also explore the symbolism of the four spices used to make incense:
Exodus 30:34-36 (KJV)
30:34 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; [these] sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like [weight]:
30:35 And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure [and] holy:
30:36 And thou shalt beat [some] of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy.
Many people want to learn what the Bible teaches us about how to pray effectively. In the beauty of His Word, we find that God has used incense to create a beautiful hidden picture of perfect prayer. This Bible study ends with an in-depth explanation of the spiritual symbolism of these spices — stacte, onycha, galbanum, and pure frankincense — and how they combine to form prayer that is truly a SWEET-SMELLING SAVOUR to our God.
Our prayer is that this study will greatly benefit you in your daily communications with the Lord!