How many times have I read the Gospel of John? I don’t even know. It doesn’t matter how many times we read the Scriptures, God can and will (if we’re open) show us something new.
I was reading the 12th chapter of John, John 12:3, “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment”.
My first thought was, “how many times have I longed, yearned to touch the feet of Jesus as I prayed?”. Oh to lay my head at His feet and weep before His Throne of Grace.
Of course we really do, every time we call on the name of Jesus. Every time we enter into prayer in Jesus name, in the spiritual, we enter into the Throne Room of Almighty God.
But as I thought on how often I had yearned to reach out and touch His feet, the Holy Spirit spoke to me plainly something I had never recognized before. He said when we approach Him humbly like Mary, longing to touch His feet, weeping before Him, giving something costly of ourselves, then the house, the room, the prayer closet, or wherever we happen to be, is filled with the sweet smelling savor of our prayers.
Our prayers, the prayers of the saints, are a sweet smell to God. In fact, if we compare spiritual things with spiritual and connect words in the Bible as the Spirit leads us to, then we will see (as I did) the word odour here. That same word is found in Revelation 5:8. “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints”.
Did you see it, odours? Our prayers are stored in golden vials in Heaven. Our prayers have an odour. This is not bad, not a stink. A sweet smelling savor. It is what the burning of the incense on the Alter of Incense represented as the smoke of it rose up before the Mercy Seat.
John 12:3 is just another reminder of how precious our prayers are to God if they are prayed humbly before Him.
Take the 40 Days of Prayer seriously and turn your heart wholly to God.