How To Pray With Candles And Water (Complete Guide)

In this article, we bring you not only how to pray with candles and water, but also what the bible says about praying with candles and water.
How To Pray With Candles And Water
There have been many requests made by Christians today, seeking to know how to pray with candles and water. If you're one of them and you're interested in knowing how to go about this, please read on. I believe by the time you're done reading, you will learn a thing or two from this article. 

The practice of praying with candles and water has been in existence for centuries, in many religions of the world. But before we proceed further to start praying with candles and water, it is important we see from the holy Bible, whether this practice is allowed and recommended for Christians or not. I believe no genuine Christian would want to do what is not biblical. 

Proverbs 20:27 KJV
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

In this article, we will discuss some of the following:

  • Power of praying with candles
  • Is it biblical to pray with candles
  • Which colour candles to use when praying
  • How to pray with a yellow candle
  • Praying with candles and incense

I have noticed that the practice of praying with candles is becoming more popular and widely accepted in many Christian circles as days go by. It is in fact, fast becoming a norm in many Christian churches. So don't be surprised if you happen to meet certain prophets and preachers who prescribe you pray with candles, incense and water in order to find solution to your spiritual problems. 

For those of you who are eagerly waiting for me to say all that I have been given to say concerning the subject matter (and probably give prayer points), I'll like to answer for you a couple of questions first, before we proceed. 

Is it good to pray with candle ? It is not really about whether it is good or bad to engage in any spiritual practice. It is about whether it's scriptural or not; it's about whether Jesus Christ would tell His followers to pray with candles or not—if He walked the earth today. We must understand that spiritual things are not what people should toy with or ignorantly dabble into, when they don't fully understand what they're getting themselves into. We must be sure we know what we're doing and be intentional about it—and be ready to face the repercussions (if there is any attached). Above all, we must always ensure we do only what God wants us to do. 

Is it biblical to pray with candles ? There is no scripture in the holy Bible that justifies or approves of the act of praying with candles. Catholics, witches, new-agers, shamans, Jews, some Protestants, Buddhists and Hindus all make use of candles during their worship services. This is clearly where the practice of praying with candles, water and incense stemmed from. Besides that, these religions aren't all worshipping the same God. The fact that it is practiced by different religions does not mean the Christian God approves of it. 

Praying With Candles And Water

A candle itself isn't sinful. Using a candle to provide light in our homes isn't a sin. 

  1. People light candles during funerals in memory of a loved one. 
  2. People light candles during birthdays. 
  3. In the absence of electricity, candles can be used to light up homes.
  4. Candles can be used during wedding ceremonies. 

These are all non-religious use of candles. But when it comes to our communion and relationship with God, we cannot do just anything we feel like doing. We cannot worship God the way we feel like or want to, but only according to His specifications. 

Some are often quick to point out that candles were used during worship and prayers in the Bible, so for this reason, they too can do the same. But let us see from scriptures how candles were actually used:

Observe that some concepts in the Bible are illustrated using candles or fire. In the Old Testament, candles (and lamps) were lit before the Lord in the tabernacle and, then, in the temple (See Lev. 24: 3-4). Although the light from the candles and lamps pictured the way God illuminates life, reveals hidden mysteries and knows the hidden intentions of the human heart, the power wasn't in the candles; but in God.

Candles were neither used as a point of contact with God during prayers in the temples, nor as part of offering of sacrifices in the tabernacle. Candles were not used for connecting with God. They were not used to make prayers more effective (as some Christians presume today). 

In the homes of the prophets of old and that of the Apostles and disciples of Jesus Christ, candles were used, not for prayers but for lighting. If they had electricity like we do today, majority of them wouldn't even have a candle in their home. I'm yet to find a scripture where the old testament prophets and the Apostles instructed followers of God to use candles, water, salt and incense while offering their prayers to God Almighty. 

The use of incense in prayer, for instance, is a practice rooted in Judaism, popular during the time of the second Jewish temple. The smoke rising from the incense was a symbol of the prayers offered rising to heaven. Note that, “it was a symbol,” it didn't give extra power to the prayers. If a person's prayer doesn't meet God's required standard, lighting a candle won't make it rise up to Heaven. 

Also be reminded that Jesus Christ came as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of man, thereby making the existence of the Jewish temple and all its ordinances (including the lighting of candles, burning of incenses and animal sacrifices) obsolete!

Some claim that candles are used during prayer in hope to bring light in a dark situation and bring light to someone's life. The question is, do we really need such a light after all that the Bible says about light, and after the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus on the cross?

Lets see... 

God Is Light. Jesus Is Light And He Lives In Us

God is the supernatural living light source that powers all forms of life; He is Light Supreme—the most powerful and extraordinary light man can have. He is able to light up and dispel every form of darkness in your life. 

1 John 1:5 NIV
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
John 1:4-5 NKJV
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

If we have such a light living within us, why then should we need an artificial light from a candle? Or which sane human would rather prefer a fake over geneuine? 

Christians Are The Light Of The World

Since God Himself is light, the sons and daughters of God can't be different either. A lion doesn't birth a goat; light doesn't birth darkness. 

Matthew 5:14 KJV
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

God is light and the Bible says that He lights everyone He sends to the earth (John 1:9). If you are saved and filled with His Holy Spirit, you are a lightbearer. Your light is so bright and powerful to the extent God even expects you to give back light to the dark places of the world. 

Philippians 2:15 ESV
That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. 

The Bible says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord (Proverbs 20:27). When the Psalmist asked the Lord to light his candle (Psalm 18:28), he was requesting to be activated to function optimally as the son of God and lightbearer that he is. So why would Christians resort to using a light from a man-made source, when they themselves are the candles of God, expected to bring light and life to every dead situation in their life and the lives of those around them? Should we say that some Christians still don't know who they are in Christ? Well! 

When our Lord Jesus manifested in the flesh, he declared that he is the light of the world. The old testament as a whole points to Jesus Christ:

John 5:39 NKJV
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

The prophets of old were all looking forward to the manifestion of Jesus Christ in the flesh:

Luke 10:24 ESV
For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

Now that the true light has come (John 1: 3-5), symbols like candles are no longer needed—neither in prayer nor any form of fellowship with God. 

Power Of Praying With Candles

There is no power in praying with candles. The practice of praying with candles was popularised by the Catholics. It is evident that this is a borrowed practice from the Hindus, new-agers, Buddhists, shamans, Wicans, etc. The fact that a pagan practice is polished, modernised and sold to the world, does not make it scriptural. 

I know that some Christians would say, “since the Catholics practice it, that means there is nothing wrong with it.”

I don't know how many Catholics some of you have met. Most of the Catholics I've come across have always made it clear that they are “Catholics” and not “Christians”—thereby making a clear distinction between Catholics and Christians. Catholicism is a standalone religion—just like Buddhism, Hinduism and the like. It is dangerous for any Christian to adopt the practices of religions of the world into their walk with God. 

Any practice that is common among different religions of the world should be treated with caution by Christians. Any sensible Christian would have a second thought before getting involved in what religious people are doing. If Satanists light candles during their rituals, and Christians also do the same during their prayers, what then is the difference between the two groups? 

Except you are intentionally practicing witchcraft and magic, and you know that for sure, then you can go on with lightning your candles and doing whatever you want. But if you are a genuine Christian, for your own safety, you should question and avoid spiritual practices that are not rooted in the holy scriptures. 

At least we've seen how the early Church was established and built in the book of Acts. But we've not seen any mention of the use of candles, salt, water and incense during prayer. 

The most important thing you need in order to be close to God and receive from Him is faith. There are principles for answered prayers laid out in scriptures; and lighting candles during prayer, burning of incenses, praying with water and salt is not part of them. 


Praying With Candles And Incense

There is no biblical basis for anyone who is saved and filled with the Holy Spirit to pray with candles and incense. I don't get how we can be different from magicians, witches and warlocks, if we do the same things they do. 

Final Words On Praying With Candles And Water

If you still wonder why I am discouraging the use of candles, water, incense and salt in prayers, then here is it:

Praying with objects (whether animate and inanimate) is the same as trying to gain access to God through a medium. Before anyone does this, they believe those objects can help them connect with God and grant their wishes. That is idolatry in its finest form! And guess what? God hates idolatry with passion! 

Exodus 20:3 KJV
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). He then went on to say, “My Father will give you whatever you ask in my name (John 16:23).” So why then do we need candles and other substances? Are they now necessary? Are we already done going through Jesus? 

Praying with candles and water takes one's faith and gaze off of God, to those objects. That is exactly what the rebellious Israelites did with the golden calf! The use of candles during prayer is not recommended for the new testament believer. There is a great falling away going on in these last days, and it's dangerous for anyone to get caught in it. 

At the end of the day, each of us still have a choice; on whether to pray with candles or not. But I do hope we do the right thing after reading today's article on how to pray with candles and water

God bless you! 

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