“Think of my prayer as sweet-smelling incense…”

Posted: February 13, 2015 in God's Love Letters to you - The BIBLE (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)

Psalm 141:2 reminds us of how our interaction with God matters: “Think of my prayer as sweet-smelling incense, and think of my lifted hands as an evening sacrifice.”

Your prayers to God the father are heard! They are registered. They are answered! They leave our hearts and mouths as praise, requests for intervention, healing, help in times of trouble, and arrive in heaven as incense.  You matter! Your prayers do not just stop at your ceiling…they are counted and become a gift to the Lord. How wonderful that this is something we, as humans, can give back to the king of the universe.

When I first attended a Holy Spirit filled assembly of worshippers at Family Church in Roseville, CA (connected by “The River” to Bethel Church in Redding), I was struck by their active worship. They would leave their seats and come to the front. They would lift both hands in worship to the Lord instead of sitting politely in their chairs as I had been taught to do in my mainstream protestant churches all my life. This was 2010. My teenage daughter who brought me warned that I might find it extreme — which I did — extremely refreshing. I immediately was drawn to this active heartfelt form of worship, and still am.

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