Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sweet Smelling Prayers

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Revelation 5:8 NKJ

This scripture has been burning in my heart for some time now. Having searching for a picture that might help you envision my thoughts have led me nowhere. Knowing that my ability to write is not of great eloquent, still I long to tell what I have seen and now see when this scripture enters my mind. So I pray as you read these words you will be blessed.

Twenty four elders, the bible doesn’t give names to the elders but perhaps some are Moses, Joshua, Peter or Paul, carries large bowls of prayers before the Lord. How precious the prayers of the saints are to God. He regards them as sweet smelling incense, set in precious golden bowls. The bowls are so full they are spilling over the side, the fragrance so sweet and strong as they come toward the throne. Those bowls hold your prayers, my prayers and have held the prayers of the saints gone on before us. Remember these prayers are spoken of as incense (a pleasing smell) before the Lord. Can you even begin to imagine that your prayers bring a pleasing beautiful smell to your God? Can you see the bowls with the stream of the sweet smelling incenses filling the room? Oh, that we may fill the throne room of God with our prayers. He cares not if they are eloquent or simply. He only cares that His children have filled the bowls with the sweet smell that pleases Him so.

Have you placed your prayer in the bowl today?

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  1. Good post Linda. Amazing to think about our prayers being a sweet fragrance to the Lord.

    Have a blessed week!

  2. good thoughts...sometimes I wonder if He hears...this scripture is a great reminder...He really does... thank you

  3. Beautiful thoughts, bless you.

  4. You made this scripture more understandable. It's hard for me to picture prayers in bowls. Thank you for sharing your insight.

  5. This scripture is so comforting! I enjoyed your post, thank-you.

  6. An intercessors heart! Last spring on a bikeride, I had such revelation about fragrance, and how God longs for each of our prayers to bring that unique fragrance that each of our prayers bring to Him, in true worship. How big is God? We have what we call "harp and bowl" worship times, to fill the bowls of Heaven! Glad to meet a fellow worshiper and intercessor!

  7. Your post makes the verse much more understandable. I like to think that the prayer bowls are "bottomless" & always have room for more prayers! Bless You.....JoAnn


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Linda J