Prayer Is Giving, Not Receiving

It’s easy to fall into the trap of viewing prayer as simply a list of things we want. Sometimes we treat God like He is a genie in a bottle. The Bible uses incense to teach us to think about prayer differently. Exodus 30 tells us about the incense altar. The high priest was to offer incense on the alter twice a day. The incense was a fragrant aroma pleasing to Yahweh. The burning of incense was a gift to God. Then Revelation 5 tells us the prayers of the saints are incense. This means our prayers should be a pleasing fragrance and a gift to God. This means we should think of prayer as gift-giving, not merely gift-receiving. Learn more in the following video:

 

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”

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