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Topic: Fragrance (10/24/05)
TITLE: Pursuing Confidence In The Presence Of God
By Daniel Owino Ogweno
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Dear Lord, open the entrance to Your presence that I may bring the fragrance of my prayers.
If a prayer is fragrance enough to bring out the brilliance on Your face, it is what I want to do.
Let me see, Lord Jesus, the magnificence and prevalence of Your ways when You smell the fragrance of my prayers.
Help me to renounce arrogance and ignorance—the two malevolence that have the ability to nullify the excellence of the fragrance of my worship (Lev.26:31).
May the fragrance of my prayers ascend to the throne of Grace, bringing radiance on my Lord’s countenance.
May I not primarily pray because I want to receive things but because I want to give something—a fragrance to the Love of my heart, Jesus the Son of God.
Help me Lord not to approach Your court with complaints, for I may not even enter into Your presence. Complaint is like a dripping wound the stench of which You can’t bear. May the fragrance of my praise pave the way as I approach Your presence.
As the fig tree forms its early fruit and the blossoming vines spread their fragrance (Song 2:13), so may I arise in the morning, carrying on my lips the first fruits of thanksgiving to usher me into Your presence for my daily guidance.
Give me the garment of praise whose fragrance surpasses that of the cedar of Lebanon. I will then dance with confidence in Your presence, spreading and filling Your courts with the fragrance from the garment of praise You have personally designed for me.
A breath of praise is a fragrance of pleasure before the Lord my Saviour. I breathe praise and raise my arms in adoration. If it pleases You, I will do it again. Just as a breathe continuously, I will praise You ad infinitum.
When I sense Your presence, may I, like Mary, lavishly pour my affection, worshipping at Your feet (John 12:3). May the perfume of my praise fill the surrounding that even the people who have been keeping their distance may be drawn to Your presence.
Blow, winds from the East and west;
Blow, winds from the north and south,
Meet at the courts of my praise and lift the fragrance of my celebration of God’s goodness. Blow vertically and take my prayers into the presence of the Lord God, the Rock of my salvation.
And Lastly, “… thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him” (2 Cor. 2:14 NIV).
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