In the House of Prayer one night, in 2006, I found myself spontaneously asking God to ‘Make me a clear, transparent vessel, full of your incense, to be poured out for the Nations’. I knew immediately this was a Holy Spirit inspired prayer defining my ministry for God.
At the time I had a sense that I would be poured out and expend my life praying for the Nations. I’ve come to see that it’s not necessarily me who will be poured out. The incense is prayer and, like the oil in the story of Elisha and the widow (2 Kings c4v1-7), if there is an available vessel, it doesn’t ever have to stop flowing. I’ve chosen to be a vessel available to God.
‘LORD, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You. Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice’ (Psalms 141:1-2 NKJV).