Sweet Smelling Prayers

 

Little boy prayingI have be a person who prays for a long time. I remember as a boy praying the child’s prayer: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”. I had no idea what all that meant as a kid, but I trusted the Lord because my parents trusted the Lord. When I was 19 years old, I had a spiritual experience with the Lord and I no longer needed the faith of my parents, I believed Him for me. I now “owned” my faith.

I’ve prayed prayers of surrender.

I’ve prayed prayers of confession.

I’ve prayed prayers of forgiveness.

I’ve prayed prayers for financial help.

I’ve prayed prayers of desperation.

I’ve prayed prayers for physical healing.

There have been seasons of my life when my prayers didn’t seem to make it past the ceiling in my house. There have been other times when I felt like my head was resting on the shoulder of Jesus. I do believe that prayer changes things. Prayer changes my perspective. Prayer calls upon the Lord to become involved in my world. Prayer reaffirms my dependence upon the Lord.

I came across a passage in revelation that referenced he “prayers of the saints” and it struck a chord with me. It made me ponder prayer and how it “smells” to the Lord. Check this out…

When he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Revelation 5:8 CSB)

I was reminded of a simple worship song recorded a few years ago by Matt Redman.

The Prayers of The Saints by Matt Redman

Are the prayers of the saints like sweet smelling incense,
Are the prayers of the saints like sweet smelling incense
To Your heart, to Your heart?

Let these prayers of the saints be sweet smelling incense,
Let these prayers of the saints be sweet smelling incense
To Your heart

Are the songs of the saints like sweet smelling incense,
Are the songs of the saints like sweet smelling incense
To Your heart, to Your heart?

Let these songs of the saints be sweet smelling incense,
Let these songs of the saints be sweet smelling incense
To Your heart.

I want the prayers from my heart and mouth to be sweet smelling incense to the Lord. I want His Agenda to become my agenda rather than have my agenda become His. I want my life to be a sweet-smelling aroma to the Lord.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Aroma

 

aromaI love being able to smell. There are times when my “smeller” isn’t functioning properly – allergy season, for example.

I love the smell of a new car.

I love the smell of a freshly painted room.

I love smell of wood at a new home being built.

I love the smell of a campfire.

There are so many aroma’s that I really enjoy. I also know the aroma’s that I don’t like. I’m not a fan of BO (aka body order) when a person needs a bath and a fresh coat of deodorant! I don’t like the smell of propane gas. I don’t like the smell of dirty feet. This list could get very long!

Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth speaks of being an aroma for the Jesus movement. Check this out…

14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Christ’s triumphal procession and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. 15 For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. Who is adequate for these things? (2 Corinthians 2:14-16 CSB)

My life is to be a sweet-smelling aroma to the Lord and certainly to others.

My words should have a pleasant aroma before the Lord and others.

My actions should exhibit a pleasing aroma to the Lord and those who know me.

I want my life to have the aroma of Jesus always. I want there to be an aroma of hope that comes from being around me. I want my life to have and aroma of love. I love the aroma from being in the Presence of God and I should carry that aroma throughout my day.

The Lord cares about aroma as I reflect on the old testament when He was giving instructions for sacrifices. He also had them to make anointing oil that was “pure, fragrant, and expertly blended incense”. (Exodus 37:29 CSB)

I want my attitude and actions to display a sweet-smelling aroma to the Lord and everyone I meet.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Perfume Aroma

 

Not long ago I had some really bad allergy attacks and they affected my ability to smell. I noticed that my nose and my ability to taste things are connected. My favorite ENT Doctor got me cleared up and I can smell pretty well once again. This past week I had the privilege of shopping with my wife this week for her birthday gifts. I did mean to put the “s” on the word gifts. Her birthday fell on a Thursday and the day was full of many activities so she opted to celebrate her special day on Friday and Saturday! We picked out some special  for her at Belks. It’s quite interesting that as you smell the different perfumes, your nose needs a break so they put out coffee beans to neutralize my nose so that they different perfumes don’t run together.   Perfume is a liquid made from essential oils extracted from flowers and spices. It is made to put on your body and emits a pleasant smell as you walk by. My wife smells really good with her new perfume! Cologne and perfume typically have different fragrance varieties. Perfume is generally made with a feminine side and may include fruity or floral essential oils. Cologne is typically crafted with the masculine in mind and may include spicy or musky fragrances.

The Lord loves smells as well. He directed Moses and the people to build Him a special altar that was just for burning incense. Check this out…

25 They made the altar of incense out of acacia wood. It was square, a cubit long and a cubit wide and two cubits high – its horns of one piece with it. 26 They overlaid the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and made a gold molding around it. 27 They made two gold rings below the molding – two on each of the opposite sides – to hold the poles used to carry it. 28 They made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.

29 They also made the sacred anointing oil and the pure, fragrant incense – the work of a perfumer. (Exodus 37:25-29 NIV)

I think the Lord loves good smells. I think it’s really cool that He made flowers that all have different fragrances. This altar of incense was built only for burning sweet smelling aroma/incense before the Lord. I love the smell of my favorite food. For my wife’s birthday we went to Chipotle and the smell inside the restaurant is a by-product of the good food that is being prepared. I love the smell of a candy shop too. I think our sense of smell is connected to our past experiences. I can still remember the smell of my Mammies (aka Grandma’s) house. I can still remember how her kitchen smelled when she made certain foods I liked. I will notice smells a little more closely today since they were obviously important to the Lord. A good aroma seems to make the here and now more enjoyable and pleasant.

Pressing On!

Dwayne