This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing (2 Cor. 2:14,15).
According to James M. Freeman, a Roman military procession of triumph was one of the spectacular events of ancient times. It was granted to a conqueror when he had met all the qualifications of victory established by the Roman Senate. One of these qualifications was that the victory be complete and decisive, putting an end to war. In this victory NO enemy could remain.
On the day chosen for the triumphal procession, people crowded into the streets and onto buildings to get a good view of the conqueror in whose honor it was held. This procession was made up ofthe conqueror, the senate members, heads of state, chief citizens and the prisoners who had been captured. The valuable spoils of the war were prominently displayed.
The conqueror, wearing a robe embroidered with gold and a tunic covered with flowers, rode in a special chariot drawn by four horses. In his right hand he held a laurel wreath which was the symbol of the crown of a conqueror; in his left hand he held a scepter.
It was a day when all the heathen temples were open and decorated elaborately with sweet-smelling flowers. Incense was lit on every altar so that the victor was greeted with a cloud of perfume.
Paul uses this analogy in writing about the believer being victorious in Christ Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 2:14,15. Paul thanks God who ALWAYS leads us in triumph. Christ Himself is the conqueror; we are trophies of His victory. Our prayers and our lives diffuse a sweet odor of Him wherever we go.
The following verses also refer to this analogy:
When He [God] had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display ofthem, having triumphed over them through Him [Christ] (Col. 2:15).
And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints (Rev. 5:8).
Intercession is an incense before God’s altar, and the prayers of the righteous do accomplish much (see Jas. 5:16). It is through intercession that the battle is won over the forces of darkness. You must constantly wear the armor of God to be able to withstand and overcome during this war.
On that day when the seal is broken in heaven and the trumpet sounds, may your prayers return unto Him as sweet-smelling incense before His throne. And may you be a fragrance of Christ unto God among those being saved and among those who are perishing.
Excerpt from Chapter 7 (You’re in a battle) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves