Prayer

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Text: Exodus 30:34-38 & Psalm 141:2

Composition is pleasing to the Lord (vs 34)

  • Sweet
    • Offered with a sweet spirit
    • Ammonia prayers like the Pharisee, “I thank God I’m not like him…”
    • 1 Peter 3:7, 12 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. … 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
  • Pure
    • Genuine love for the Lord Jesus Christ and other people
    • James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
    • Isaiah 59:1-4
    • Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.  These people aren’t praying to be heard by God, they are praying to be heard by men.
  • Balanced
    • Adoration – sacrifice of praise
    • Confession
    • Thanksgiving
    • Supplication

Combination is pleasing to God (vs 35)

  • An art as in the art of ______.  It’s a trade.  How does that relate to prayer?
    • The more you pray the more you’ll learn about prayer.
    • The more you pray the better you’ll be at prayer.
    • You’ll learn how to communicate more effectively with the Lord.
  • Tempered
    • To mix so that one part qualifies the other; to bring to a moderate state; as, to temper justice with mercy.
    • Maybe you need to add a little more galbanum.  Maybe you didn’t get enough frankincense in there.
    • Maybe you need to add a little more thanksgiving.
    • Maybe you’re not as concerned with your sin as God is, so some confession is in order.
      • Fella said, “If God deals with you during a sermon, make a trip to the altar.  If God doesn’t deal with you during a sermon, RUN to the altar.”
    • Maybe you have not because you ask not.  You just aren’t praying.

Crushing the pieces is pleasing to God (vs 36)

  • Thou shalt beat some of it very small…
  • Ever think about what it takes to get something good out of something else.
    • Shuck it, shell it, crush it, squeeze it, mash it, open it.
  • Or ever think about what it takes to make the pieces manageable.
    • Cut it, crush it, etc.
  • Reduces it to what’s needed.
  • Humbling

Consider where the incense is put (vs 36)

  • Put of it BEFORE the testimony in the tabernacle…where I will meet with thee
  • It was a prerequisite to meet God.
  • Praying before church in Corpus.  Amazing times with the Lord.

Caution is prescribed (vs 37)

  • You don’t take this perfume and make it for yourselves.
  • Prayer is first for the Lord and then for you.
  • Not aimed at Mary, dead ancestors, saints, etc…

Consequences are devastating (vs 38)

  • You’ll be cut off from your people.