In the Old Testament tabernacle/temple worship, the incense symbolized the worship unto the Lord.
11 “For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD of hosts.
When we get into the book of Revelation, the same symbols are used, but there is an additional revelation inherent in the incense.
3 Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.
In these verses we see the prayers of the saints mingled with the incense. The worship, filled with the prayers of the saints, goes up before God. In the realm of Zion, the worship and intercession are synonymous. Rev.5:8 states, “When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” As we worship God, we perform the ultimate denial of self. When worship fills our hearts, the burden of Christ’s kingdom will also fill us. True intercession is always borne out of the worship of God in our spirits. Worship always insures a proper focus. The prophetic word will flow out of us as we worship. We never have to labor to intercede or speak forth His word. We only have to worship until thankfulness and the love for God fills our spirits, and then we will find ourselves crying out for everything dear to God’s heart.