Bring Your Sacrifices to God
We pray for ourselves and for other people. Our prayers ascend to God as a sweet-smelling incense. The twenty-four elders around the throne of God present our prayers before God continually. The Bible states "Now when he had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" Revelation 5:8. The more you pray the more incense your prayers burn before God.
"You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" 1 Peter 2:5. As Christians, we are called to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God, which involves praying, whether it is the sacrifice of praise as in Hebrews 13:15 "Through him, then let's offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which proclaim allegiance to his name" or the sacrifice of thanksgiving as in Psalm 50:23 "Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me, and prepares his way so that I will show God's salvation to him."
God received Abel's sacrifice but rejected that of Cain's. Our prayers, polluted with sin, will not be acceptable. We must always make sure we confess our sins and seek forgiveness. Pride will hinder our sacrifices of praise to reach God. The Bible states: "For the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, says. "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite" Isaiah 57:15.
To offer acceptable sacrifice to God that will ascend before him as a sweet-smelling fragrance, we must put aside pride and humble ourselves before him, having our sins washed away with the blood of Jesus Christ whom we must acknowledge as
When the elders present before God the golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints - are your prayers burning incense before God?