Prayer as Incense

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Smell, Touch

Supplies needed: hot pot or camp stove with saucepan, water, pancake syrup, salt, cinnamon, clove, basil, and other assorted fragrant spices. Before the start combine 1 cup water and ½ cup of syrup into the saucepan. 
Read Revelation 5:8 and Revelation 8:3-5 to the group.  Incense is a symbol that represents our prayers to God.  Heaven is filled with our prayers.  They rise to God like a pleasant aroma.

Invite individuals up to lift up prayers silently. As they pray encourage them to add a pinch of spice to the hot syrup water.  Keep the flame low so it simmers, not boil.  

Ask the group: Now that we've prayed, what do you think is happening in heaven?  Why does praying for others please God?  How does God want our hearts to be when we are praying?  How is praying for others a way to worship God?