The Story of Prayer – Chapter Three

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This episode is all about the altar of incense. And, what about it? Why is that important when it comes to prayer?

This is where we spend time on behalf of others. I mention a couple of places in the Bible where the smoke of incense specifically correlates this with intercessory prayer:

  • Psalm 141:2May my prayer be set before you as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering.
  • Revelation 8:4The smoke of the insence, with the prayers of the saints, went up in the presence of God.

This place in our time of prayer can, honestly, take the longest. Especially if you have a long list of people and needs to pray for! I have found if I do have a long list, but not a ton of time, splitting up the list over days works.

When praying for people, see their faces. Hear their voices as they have shared. Imagine God working in places within, around, and on behalf of those you are interceding for. One prayer I’ve prayed is: “God what I cannot and go where I cannot. Do only what you are capable of doing for this person.”

It’s powerful to think God “gets permission” as we pray for people to do what he otherwise might not do. I wholeheartedly believe that. It’s one reason to keep on praying and not giving up. See Luke 18:1-6

A depiction of the altar of incense.

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