The Scent of Our Prayers

Over five consecutive Wednesday’s we will use our five physical senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) to illustrate truths about God.  This week we will talk about smell.

A couple of months ago, I posted under the same topic.  I mentioned that years ago, while at MCI, one question that we always asked about an out-of-the-box deal was, “Does it pass the smell test?”  I believe that we should ask this question throughout the day as we interface with others.  Does what I am doing or thinking past the smell test?  There is a very powerful passage that talks about our “aroma.”  2 Christians 2:14-16a (JB Phillips New Testament), “Thanks be to God who leads us, wherever we are, on his own triumphant way and makes our knowledge of him spread throughout the world like a lovely perfume! We Christians have the unmistakable ‘scent’ of Christ, discernible alike to those who are being saved and to those who are heading for death. To the latter it seems like the very smell of doom, to the former it has the fresh fragrance of life itself.”  As “God who leads us” this passage states that we should “make our knowledge of him spread throughout the world like a lovely perfume!  We Christians have the unmistakable ‘scent’ of Christ.”  Needless to say, this begs us to ask the question?  What is my “scent”?  Do I smell like Jesus?

There is another very powerful “aromatic” truth that gives great pleasure to our God, the scent of believers’ prayers.  Revelation 5:8 state, “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”  Several chapters later in chapter 8, verses 3 and 4 declare, “Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.  The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.”  Brothers, “prayers of God’s peopleare golden bowls of incense” that are offered up “before God” Himself.  Our prayers are a precious aroma and a fragrance that God adores.

Let’s determine today to live in a way that we become the very “scent of Jesus” to this world.  And, let’s pray without ceasing!  The scent of our prayers rise up to the very throne of God and are a great pleasure to Him!

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