TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Revelation 8:3-4 (ESV) “And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Incense has one primary purpose – to produce an aroma that creates a wonderful, pleasant atmosphere.
In our Verses for Today, did you notice what was mixed with the incense? The prayers of the saints!
Throughout the New Testament, we are encouraged (commanded!) to pray. We are often given motivation to pray as we are told what we can obtain when we pray according to biblical principles. So, prayer is commanded and can be very beneficial for us.
But, in our Verses for Today, we are told (through implication) what God thinks of our prayers. They are a pleasant aroma to Him. They are mixed with incense that ascends before the very throne of God.
So when you pray, my friend, you may feel like you aren’t making much of a difference. You may even feel like God isn’t paying attention to your words and the heart from which they come.
According to our Verses for Today, those sentiments are not true. Your prayers are a pleasing aroma to God.
With this being the case, spend time in prayer to God today. He will enjoy the time with you!