December 17: “The Aroma of Your Prayers”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings


Nahum 1:1–3:19
Revelation 8:1-13
Psalm 136:1-26
Proverbs 30:7-9


Revelation 8:3-4 (CSB): “Another angel, with a golden incense burner, came and stood at the altar. He was given a large amount of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up in the presence of God from the angel’s hand.”


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!

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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