Ezra 3:1-2 reads, “And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, arose and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it...”
Just as rebuilding the altar and making sacrifices was very important to the Israelites, so it is for us. Think of the altar as a meeting place with God; a special place or time set aside for just you and Him. In the book of Revelation 8:3-5 our prayers are depicted on the golden altar before the throne. Therefore when we pray we are making an offering to God; turning away from our own lives and agendas to acknowledge God’s sovereignty and influence over everything including those things that concern us. Prayer can transform our homes, workplaces, churches, schools and communities; our health, our nation, government leaders and our marriages can all be affected by prayer if we use it. Hence, it is crucial that we sacrifice our time and face our fears of what others might think of our God-oriented lives.
The Israelites revived the tradition of the morning and evening sacrifice. The Holy Spirit is reminding us today that the fire must be kept burning on the altar; we must seek God continually and expectantly. Prayer isn’t just something we do as an “extra” in life but rather it is the core of our lives and it shapes us as we encounter God through it. People of God, it’s time to seek the Lord. Isaiah 55:6 says “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.”
We need to rebuild the altar of Prayer. Over the years we have seen our nation slide into the gutter of gross immorality. We worship at the altar of a modern Baal with a strange mixture of idols, consisting of materialism and new age mysticism. We are at a place where God is not a real issue. Some of us are caught up in cults, witchcraft, fame and titles, but we need to go back to the altar of prayer and be caught up with the Holy Ghost so that He can endow us with power to stand. We have a generation to save but how can we help if our altars of prayer are broken down or tainted? Therefore I encourage you to Rise up woman of God, rise up man of God and let’s find that sacred place where we meet with God our Father, so that the Holy Spirit can show us how to rebuild the walls that are broken down.
People of God, if we are going to win this war we have to pray. Prayer gives God legal rights to move and fight on our behalf. Prayer gives the Holy Spirit legal rights to show us the way; Prayer will give God the right to turn our nation around. The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12). God wants to be Lord over our nation, but we have to return to prayer.
As I close, I want to make mention that Daniel had an altar of prayer; He prayed three times a day. Abraham also built an altar where he sought the Lord and so did Nehemiah. Elijah too built an altar unto the Lord, therefore, you and I need to build or rebuild an altar of prayer for our lives because we too need to seek the Lord.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, we know that sometimes we fall; fall in our walk with you, fall in reading your word daily, fall in our prayer life. Therefore, we ask right now that you give us the endurance to get back up and build or rebuild our altar of prayer where we can seek your face and find guidance for our lives, in Jesus’ name, Amen.