Friday: A Fragrant Prayer

This Morning's Worship Song.

A FRAGRANT PRAYER

A TIME TO CLEAN: DAY 15

So, how's your prayer life?

I know. It's so easy to push prayer time to the back burner. I mean, we're so used to be being busy all. the. time. The business of busyness is just so a part of our culture today. Setting aside time for prayer means setting aside time to "be still."

"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10

Be still.

A Sweet Fragrance

I love it when my house smells amazing. I love to burn candles and wax warmers in my house. And from time to time I even burn incense - myrrh is my personal favorite. It fills the whole house with it's aroma. Myrrh incense sticks are inexpensive and the fragrance lasts a long time.

It wasn't until I recently attended a women's retreat and we did a lesson on incense and smelled different fragrances that I even considered burning incense in my own home.

Now every time I light an incense stick, I am reminded of how our prayers are like sweet incense to God. As an incense stick burns, the smoke curls and wafts about the room, slowly rising. You can see the smoke as it moves and it smells wonderful!

Let my prayer be accepted as sweet-smelling incense in your presence. Let the lifting up of my hands in prayer be accepted as an evening sacrifice." Psalm 141:2 {God's Word Translation}

A few months ago I purchased an essential oil diffuser and I love using it. In fact, while I still burn candles, I've been using my diffuser more and more - especially in my bedroom. I love fresh smelling essential oils like grapefruit, vanilla, and lemon. I have been trying different blends and I really enjoy it!

Why Prayer Matters

If you never had a conversation with your husband, do you think your marriage would last? God wants to have a close relationship with you, His precious daughter. Our prayers are like a sweet incense, pleasing to God. He enjoys our prayers! Prayer is the key that unlocks the chains binding us to this world and God wants to release us from our bonds.

hen we pray, when we talk to God, He hears our prayer. Regardless of what we talk to God about, He will listen and respond to us. Without communicating with God on a daily basis, how can we expect to receive the power over sin in our lives?It's so important to be setting aside time each day for prayer and Bible study time. I always encourage women to rise early while the house is still quiet to read and pray and plan. You will be blessed by the experience, I promise!

There are seasons in life where rising earlier than your family may be harder than others. For instance, if you have a baby who is not sleeping through the night - you may not be able to get up much earlier than you already are. In that case, I would encourage you to read and pray while you nurse the baby or during nap time.

But truly, for most of us, those early morning hours are the best time for devotions. Even Jesus, knowing how important it was to stay connected to His Father in heaven would rise up before dawn to spend time in prayer.

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." Mark 1:35

If Jesus needed that time with God, how much more do you and I? Just like the precious life giving manna would disappear after the early morning hours, time has a way of getting away from us if we don't set aside a dedicated time early in the day for prayer and devotion.

The Bible tells us not to "be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Our hearts need to be so in tuned with God that we have an attitude of prayer all day long. Our conversations with Jesus don't have to stop when we set our Bible down and go forward with the day's tasks. We can commune with God all day long!

Part of creating a life of self-discipline, free of clutter, and free from emotional baggage means we need to seek Him out every day! This is the most important part of this challenge!

Today's Goal

  • If you've been struggling to find time for devotions, think and pray about what time you should have your devotion time. Do you have an attitude of prayer all day long?
  • Pray about making hard decisions – about what things you should keep, preserve, or let go.
  • This week we're working in our Living Rooms and Family Rooms. Do as much as you can to fill a bag with clutter and clean these areas from top to bottom.
  • This week we want to continue with the routine of of going to bed with a clean kitchen, sparkling sink, and clear counters if you aren't in this habit already as well as making sure your the areas you have already cleaned are neat before you turn in at night.
  • Fill at least one bag or box full of stuff to give away.
  • Take a picture of your bag. Share it in our Facebook group and Instagram if you life - use hashtag #atimetoclean
  • Do your best to wake up early tomorrow, read tomorrow's lesson and spend time in prayer. Write in your prayer journal.