(Psalm 141:2 NIRV- May my prayer come to YOU like the sweet smell of incense. When I lift up my hands in prayer, may it be like the evening sacrifice.)
The NLV translation of today’s focal verse says, “May my prayer be like special perfume before YOU. May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening gift given on the altar in worship. “.
In mulling over the words of today’s focal verse, they began to deeply resonate within my spirit and have been permanently tattooed upon the walls of my heart since yesterday morning. I love intimacy with THE LORD— the joy and peace that comes in sweetly communing with HIM.
It is my heart’s prayer that my words would always be a sweet-smelling fragrance of praise and honor before HIM and that the lifting of my hands would be a sacred gift to HIM on the altar before HIS HOLY PRESENCE in heartfelt worship.
I have my very own love language with GOD and every single morning as I enter HIS PRESENCE, I believe that my words leave a lasting impression upon HIS heart in the same manner that HIS WORDS are so deeply ingrained upon mine.
If I could leave you guys with one thing to reflect upon today, it would be this: religion means nothing without relationship. With religion you get to know about HIM, but with relationship, you get to know HIM. It’s in knowing HIM that our prayers become impressed upon HIS heart— that they become like a fine orchestra of music to HIS ears and a sweet aroma wafting before HIS HOLY and perfect PRESENCE.
And so, my prayer for you guys this morning is that you would seek HIM in the secret place for yourself and that you would not be content in just hearing about HIM, but that you would long for an intimate relationship with HIM; THE ONE WHO has not only given us life, but perpetually sustains our lives through HIS LIFE within us.
ABBA, we enter YOUR PRESENCE with one desire this morning, and that is, with each second that passes by— our souls yearn to know and experience YOU in a deeper way. FATHER, we give YOU not just our hearts, but our entire lives. With every fiber of our being, we long for more of YOU. With every beat of our hearts, I pray that it be a sweet perfume that is forever arising before YOU and all of heaven. And with every breath we take, may it be a sacred gift of endless and fervent worship that lies upon the altar for YOU and YOU alone. Our heart’s desire is to forever intimately commune with YOU. We love YOU and we treasure each and every moment in YOUR PRESENCE. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.
“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with THE CREATOR of Heaven and Earth.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
Dear Hearts, welcome to week 11 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me this morning and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. I didn’t get a chance to write last week, so I have two features for you guys this week! Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.
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