PrayerConnect for April 5, 2016

The Scent of Prayer

From my childhood unto adulthood my mother has been a key influence in advocating and exampling prayer. I attribute her largely for laying the initial foundation of prayer in my life. I cherish her legacy of prayer and faith that she has bestowed throughout the years (II Timothy 1:1-5). I have heard the expression that sometimes “more is learned from what is caught than taught.” Following are excerpts Mother wrote of Biblical characters who released the sweet smelling scent of prayer. 
Flo Shaw
Brothers and Sisters “If Jesus had to pray, then what about us? What about us?” Here we see “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane…tarry ye here, and watch with me…And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed…”  (Matthew 26:36-42). “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God”  (Luke 6:12). The sweet scent of prayer ascended as Jesus prayed.
Nehemiah prayed and fasted and God heard and answered; and the king granted him according to the good hand of his God upon him (Nehemiah 1:4-11).  Daniel kneeled three times a day and prayed (Daniel 6:10). Jonah prayed to the Lord out of the belly of a fish (Jonah 2:1-2). The pleasant odor of prayer emanated throughout the Old Testament.
Seek the Lord earnestly! Seek His face evermore! I Peter 3:12 says, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:” Paul said “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). Some disciples were prayer partners! “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God…” (Acts 16:25). “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer”(Acts 3:1). There is great power when we all join together in prayer. “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). The fragrance of prayer saturated the atmosphere throughout the New Testament.
There is power in prayer! James 5:16 says, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Let us pray; pouring out our heart and soul to Him, and beseeching Him! To all I say, please pray; let not God alone, before soon our lives be gone!  “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand…” (Revelation 8:3-5). Where is your scent of prayer? Will your prayers be with the incense in that golden censer?
Willie Mae V. Stephens, Guest Writer
Beaumont, Texas