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The Altar of Incense, the Altar of Prayer

Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once a year; he shall make atonement on it with the blood of the sin offering of atonement once a year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.”
Exodus 30:10 NASB

Exodus 30 speaks about the Altar of Incense. It was a special altar that burned a special incense that was created specifically for the altar. No one was allowed to make the incense for any other reason or were they allowed to burn it anywhere else. It was important to the Lord!

Later in the Word of God, we read about another altar of incense, one in Heaven, which is the prayers of the Saints.

Revelations 8:3 says, “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.”

The Altar of Incense in Moses’ time is still as important to the Lord today. It is important because it holds the prayers of the Saints. It is before the throne of God and He is very aware of the prayers that are offered to Him.

Many Believers don’t put a big emphasis on prayer. Some might offer a few minutes here and there, but most don’t really spend time in prayer. They don’t feel it is important. But it is important to God! And what is important to Him, should be important to you!

Prayer isn’t hard. It’s a time issue. Do you have time for the Lord? Do you make time to pray? Is it important to you?

If God has placed an altar, in front of the throne, and it holds the prayers of the saints, don’t you think it is important?

Move your day around. Wake up earlier. Turn off the TV. Do whatever you need to do to spend time in prayer. Why wouldn’t you do it?

The fact is, we find time for everything that is important to US and everything WE want to do! There is time for prayer in your day!

Lord, thank You for the awesome opportunity to spend time with You in prayer. Moreso, thank You that You actually care, listen to and answer our prayers.


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