Incense

God loves prayer. Why wouldn’t He? It’s through prayer that His bride talks to Him, worships Him, and shows her devotion to Him. Just as a husband and wife spend hours together conversing, laughing, and communicating, so Jesus longs to do with us. To minimize the communication of a relationship is to simply disregard the most important aspect of that relationship. Relationships are about “relating” various aspects of ones thoughts, feelings, and emotions to another. Through this “relation”, understanding and love is given the seed bed to grow and mature.

In Revelation 8 we see the bride operating in this maturity. She has grown to a place of understanding and wholeheartedness toward her Beloved (Jesus). She doesn’t ask according to her own will, but according the desire of her Bridegroom. Her supplication doesn’t simply evoke emotion in her own heart but evokes emotion and response from heaven. Just like when a wife feels deep emotion and communicates those feelings towards her husband – he begins to feel the same and will do all that is in his power to vindicate her. Why? Because He loves her. He is jealous to see her justified and honored. This prayer ascending to Him is like sweet incense. He knows that she asks according to His desire. Just as He sacrificed His life for her, she now sacrifices her life for Him.

You have a Judge who is dedicated to seeing you honored and glorified. He will stop at nothing.

What is your response when hearing that God will kill your enemies?

3 thoughts on “Incense

  • I’ve been thinking alot about prayer lately and the longer I live among a people that speak a different language, the more I realize how little of communication is spoken. As I’ve learned the language, I am more and more realizing that the loneliness I feel doesnt stem from my inability to talk to people, but rather from the very fact that I HAVE to talk to express myself. What I really miss are those relationships where speech isnt necessary. Those relationships where as much is communicated in silence as it is in words. I miss knowing that even without having talked to my brother, he’s thinking the exact same thing that i am, or being able to pull off a joke with just a look between close friends. As I’ve thought about prayer, I’ve been trying to dig deeper into what communication with Jesus is supposed to be. Although I am in no way saying that we shouldnt talk to Jesus, I suspect that the reality of a truly deep relationship (especially between a man and wife i.e. Jesus/Church) lies in being so closely connected that speech isnt even necessary. I’m not even sure how to go about trying to attain that, but… yeah.

    anyway, sorry to blog on your blog, I just felt like talking. 🙂

  • All love bro. Don’t worry, that view will change when you get married. Though I somewhat agree, I do like those moments where you are both thinking the same thing and then you crack up laughing. You come to that place because you’ve communicated so much, not because you don’t have to.

  • This Revelation 8 business has been messing me up. There is REAL incense in heaven. Only I (or, more generally, we humans) can cause it to be there. If I can figure out how to offer real incense, then it is REALLY only a matter of time until that fire is added to it and its thrown down to the earth.

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