You’re sitting at your desk and reeling from the insulting remarks made by a coworker. You want to blow your stack. How can you activate your inner peace to alleviate the stress and handle the situation professionally? Consider praying silently, while adding a touch of fragrance. What is this you ask? Some new age mumbo jumbo? No, it’s not. Instead, it’s an idea from an old southern gal who is seeking new ways to talk to her FATHER. Prayer changes things. David asked that his prayer please the Lord.
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:2)
The Sweet Fragrance of Prayer
Furthermore, our prayers are treasured in heaven. In 1888, J. R. Miller described where our prayers are stored in heaven:
The picture of the golden bowls in heaven containing earth’s prayers, shows us the precious regard in the divine heart, for the desires and supplications which believing ones send up to God. As they rise in holy breathings or in earnest cries, HE receives them—every sigh, every yearning, every pleading, every intercession of love, every heart-hunger—and puts them all into golden bowls, that none of them may be lost! Often our prayers may seem to remain long unanswered, for some blessings are so rich that they cannot be prepared for us in a day—but we may be sure that they are not lost nor forgotten. They are sacredly treasured and are always before God, and in due time they will receive gracious and wise answer.
These golden bowls are described in Revelation 5:8 as “holding incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
In no way am I saying that we should be ritualistic in burning incense as an offering to our Lord. The Bible says that after the Israelites became careless with their offerings, God rebuked them saying, “no more vain offerings…incense is an abomination to me.” Isaiah 1:11, 13. HE has made it clear to us that our genuine, heartfelt prayer is what pleases HIM. HE saves our prayers and David even suggests that HE saves our tears in a bottle. (Psalm 56:8)
In ancient times priests used bottles to save essential oils for healing. I can’t help but wonder if somehow the two are related. Our tears in a bottle, oils from plants in a bottle to heal our hearts, bodies and souls. If you doubt the “hype” about essential oils, consider this. Where do pharmaceuticals come from? Plants, the ocean, minerals. Where do essential oils come from? The exact same place only without other non-living chemicals. So even as pharmacists sit counting pills, our FATHER sits counting our tears and longs to heal us.
The scents of essential oils have properties that can calm us or invigorate us. The days that we need a bit of energy, we use tangerine, grapefruit or eucalyptus. And when a coworker insults us and we want to blow our stack, we use lavender, frankincense and orange to help activate our inner peace. But how do you use them in the workplace? Here is where the fun begins. Bracelets made from natural stones have become all the rage. Beaded necklaces and bracelets made of rose quartz, marble, or agate to name a few, are available in most jewelry stores. Keep the natural oils with you and drop a tiny amount onto the beads. Rub the bracelet between your hands gently. The stone and your hands absorb the oil.
Therefore, as you sit at your desk, in traffic or anywhere you feel the Holy Spirit urging you to activate your inner peace; touch your bracelet, fold your hands over your nose and inhale deeply. As you exhale, breathe your hurts, desires, praise and worship into those golden bowls in heaven. The bowl that HE holds close to HIS chest. Receive HIS comfort. HE cares about the coworker. Rest. HE cares about you. As a result, HE will activate your inner peace when you trust HIM with every sigh.
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