Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 9 – The Altar of Incense


2 Corinthians 2: 14-16  But thanks be to God, who always leads us in victory through Christ. God uses us to spread his knowledge everywhere like a sweet-smelling perfume.  Our offering to God is this: We are the sweet smell of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost. To those who are lost, we are the smell of death that brings death. But to those who are being saved, we are the smell of life that brings life. So who is able to do this work? 

The table of incense is the last piece of furniture in the inner court of the tabernacle. This incense creates a sweet smelling cloud of smoke for the priests to enter into the Holy of Holies or into worship.

This incense is prayer given out of worship. Worship prayer is prayer that comes from our surrendering our lives to God. Our prayers of worship are sweet smelling incense to God. One way you can illustrate this is to bring a bottle of sweet smelling perfume to children’s church. Have the children smell the perfume. Tell the children that when they pray and when they worship, their prayers are like perfume to God.

One other way to illustrate this is to tell the story of Mary, the woman who broke the bottle of perfume and poured it on Jesus. Mary was extravagant in her worship. She used expensive perfume she was saving for her wedding. But she was willing to use that perfume to worship Jesus. That’s the kind of prayer God loves, the kind that smells sweet to Him.

Author: Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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