Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. – Psalm 141:2
The prayers of a true worshiper stands as a memorial before God. A life of surrender to the Holy Spirit releases a sweet smell that stands in the presence of God continuously. It provokes an immediate answer to the prayers of the heart.
Do you know any true worshiper? The Bible has many such people. One of them was Daniel. He, other royal families and many other Israelites were taken captive by the nation of Babylon. He went to Babylon as a boy but grew up to be an adviser to the Kings and governor of several provinces.
Daniel was faithful in his work and commitment to God. He excelled beyond the other governors. Although, he was a very busy man he never stopped praying. He had set times when he withdrew from his duties to pray during the day. There was a time when his life would be endangered if he prayed. That did not stop him he still prayed. God honored his sacrifice and delivered him from the danger.
He was also someone who studied God’s word. One day he discovered that God would soon release them from their captivity. Jeremiah had prophesied of it before they were captured. So he decided to pray.
I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.
The sweat odor of Daniel’s prayer filled God’s throne room. Before Daniel begun to pray, God responded. He immediately sent an angel of the highest rank to assure Daniel that his request would be granted. Hands lifted repeatedly in sacrificial prayer was now receiving a swiftly answered from God. When the sacrifices would be offered to God fire would come down from heaven to consume it. the sacrifice. God responding in a similar manner to Daniel.
Would it be great if we also received our answers from God in the same manner?
It is our privilege to receive swift answers from God. Jesus removed the separation between us and God by His sacrifice. It stands continuously in the Presence of God. When we kneel in prayer it is this sacrifice that the Father remembers. The fragrance of His prayer stands before Him as an eternal monument-a memorial.
As you kneel in prayer, remember that Jesus has already paved the way for you. You are already in Christ. Your prayer is a sweet incense before God. Your hands and heart lifted in surrender, to the Holy Spirit, is sacrifice He will not ignore. By the Holy Spirit He will swiftly dispatch an answer.
Lord Jesus thank you that I am able to come boldly before the throne of the Living God, to receive grace and mercy. I thank you that because of your sacrifice, my prayers will stand in the presence of the Father.
I thank you even more that I am no longer praying for my prayers to go up but I have been placed in an elevated position. No longer are my prayers ascending up to you. They are constantly before you as I am already seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. I know that what is asked in the name of your son, according to your will be answered.
Thank you for this sweet assurance. I will patiently wait until You release the answer.
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