"A Garden of Prayer" - 24 x 30 inches acrylic on canvas
Painted for my Collectors Club special edition fine art print | September 2020
“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” Psalm 141:2
“Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2
“And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” Revelation 8: 3-4
Who doesn’t love receiving a bouquet of flowers? I know I do! Flowers are one of the most simple and beautiful gestures a person can give or enjoy from the garden. The very beauty and fragrance of flowers is a gift from God. They are reminders of Eden, walking with God in the cool of the day, the place we were created to be, in close communion with Him. The Bible refers to our prayers like an aroma pleasing to God. Just as Jesus offered up himself as a fragrant sacrifice for us, making the way for New Testament believers, our prayers are a scent pleasing to God that reach him directly through Christ.
For the past couple months, prayer has been on my heart. I felt a deep conviction from the Lord that I need to take prayer way more seriously. I felt a stirring inside that I need to set aside time, as a sacrifice in my day, to intentionally pray. Jesus would rise up before dawn to spend time in prayer, to stay connected to the Father. “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed in to a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35.
This painting is a reminder to take time to pray from the secret place, the garden of your heart to the Lord. When we spend time with him in prayer, the “golden bowls” in heaven are filled and please the Lord. He hears our prayers. The prayers of the righteous are powerful and fragrant, like a bouquet offered up to the King. Prayers are more important now than ever before; we need them personally to stay grounded, to intercede for our cities and nations, for our loved ones, and all those who need a touch from God. Cultivate a garden of prayer.
Original artwork, acrylic on stretched canvas. Wrapped edges are painted white. Adding a beautiful custom frame will give your new painting added elegance, but is not necessary if you prefer the raw edge look.