BUILD with JESUS – ALTAR
Prayer is an altar
Prayer is restoration
Prayer is a covenant
Prayer brings fire
What is prayer
Prayer of Communication
Spark in communication
Process in Prayer
Prayer is an altar
Golden altar in heaven: Revelation 8:3. Another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayer of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angels’ hand.
There is a golden altar before the throne of God in heaven. This altar was build by God Himself to receive all the prayers of His saints on the altar. This is why in the Old-Testament days the people of God build altars and it was always related to prayer sacrifices brought unto God.
Our spiritual life on earth is continuously a spiritual building project, and prayer plays a very important part in that building project.
Ephesians 2:19-22. You are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
The foundation is the gospel of the apostles and prophets, the cornerstone is Jesus Christ, and this building, our lives, is fitted together with prayer into a holy temple and a dwelling place for God in the Spirit. Prayer is the most important ingredient, cement or glue that keeps our whole spiritual building or altar fitted together. Stop praying, and this whole building or altar will be broken down to pieces. If prayer takes the right and main place in our lives, and keeps all the stones of our spiritual building together, it will influence our whole spiritual life, like serving the Lord, look after our own and the household of God, stop sinning and live a victorious life in the promises of God.
The cross was also an altar on which Jesus Christ was offered up as the Lamb of God and became the perfect sacrifice for the whole world. Our prayers is now a spiritual sacrifice of praise, worship, humiliation and building relationship and friendship with Jesus. While we are praying, we are busy building our spiritual altar, and the more our relationship with Jesus grows and grows into a holy temple in the Lord and in a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Prayer is Restoration:
The altar is also referring to restoration of your own and your family’s prayer lives as God want it to be. In 1 Kings 18:30. Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. Prayer is building, prayer is restoration. Repairing our prayer altar and the prayer altar in our home, will give the Lord the chance to bring the needed answers, breakthroughs and to supply in all our daily needs so that we can live a victorious life and serve the kingdom of God wherever. God cannot sent His Holy Spirit on altars that is broken down. Our whole life is every second of the day open and visual before God. We cannot hide anything from God. Every time we are kneeling before God, we bring our whole life and circumstances before Him to inspect our lives and hearts, and ask Him to repair our altar, to restore it, wash us in the blood of Jesus, so that we will be ready for His service and for the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer is a Covenant:
In Genesis 15 & 16 Abram builds an altar and God made a covenant with him. The Covenant was that God would bless Abraham and he will be a father of many nations and they will be blessed through him. In Galatians 3:14 we read that “The blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”. God’s covenant with us that while we are praying, we also built an spiritual altar, and in our relationship and worship with Him, God gives expression, fulfillment and truth to all His promises to us in Christ Jesus, that through faith His promises will come true for us, and we will be a blessing to others.
Genesis 15:11. When the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. We also have vultures that want to take our offerings away from God. Vultures like; no time, to busy, laziness, Luke warmness, sin, etc. We must drove them away and set enough time for all our spiritual offerings to be accepted by God.
Prayer brings Fire:
1 Kings 18:38. Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice.
Genesis 15:17. It came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed through those pieces, and the Lord made a covenant with Abram.
Acts 4:31: And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
First the prayer altar must be restored and rebuild in the inner-room and in our home. Then our prayers must set the covenant from God alight, that His precious promises in His word will come true for us and we will be a blessing to others. Then the fire of the Holy Spirit will come upon all our offerings and we will be acceptable unto God.
When these three dimensions are functioning correctly in your life and prayer life, there will be healing, restoration and victory in all three parts; body, soul and spirit.
Your own altar:
To give expression and practical guidance to your prayer life, build a personal altar with stones or use paper or a diary and draw an altar and write all your needs, requests and targets on the stones and visit or use it on a daily basis to bring God’s attention to it. You are now giving structure to your prayer life and can manage when God answers your prayers. Also write down thanksgivings and praises unto God who is worthy and holy. By visiting your altar regularly you are making your prayer life visible. Jacob leaned on his staff and worship God.
Prayer is the Ignition:
Galatians 4:6. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts. We have the Spirit of Jesus in our hearts. The flame of this Spirit can burn low, high or burn not at all, depending on the measurement of our prayer life. Prayer and a relationship with Jesus is certainly the ignition of our spiritual flame. Luke 24:32. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Prayer is talking to Jesus and when we read the Bible in our prayer time, Jesus will talk to us and open His promises to us. And this will bring forth a burning heart within us.
It is true that the more we pray, the better and better is our relationship with Jesus, and how higher and higher will our spiritual flame burn for Him. An oven is exactly the same. Turning the knob from 1 to 6 will make the oven warmer and warmer and more usable and effective. Effective and a fervent prayer life will bring the warmth and glowing of God’s Spirit into our heart’s and the pleasing aroma of Christ will spread all around to others to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 2:15.
It is better to have a burning prayer oven inside your heart, living an effective spiritual life style, facing this miserable world and be a conqueror through Christ, than to have a non-praying spirit and try to live in this world with a cold or lukewarm heart, and muddle forth, getting no answers and have no relationship with Christ and be cold in your soul and spirit.
WHAT IS PRAYER
1 Corinthians 14:15. I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding.
Romans 9:8. The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.
James 5:16. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man is powerful.
Ephesians 6:17-18. Take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
Prayer is primarily asking God to supply in our needs and to worship Him. But for the Spirit-filled child of God, prayer is far more than that. It is communication, relationship, friendship and fellowship with Jesus. If we read and study the word of God, and assimilates it into our thoughts and understanding, we store the word and promises of God into our mind and memories. When we have prayer and conversation with God and is busy worshipping and praising God, have intimacy with Him and dealing with circumstances, the Spirit of God remember us about the word of God that is appropriate to that problem or situation, and bring the promises and word that is in our understanding to the front and make it alive in our spirit. The word of God alone is not effective and powerful, but when it is connected with the Holy Spirit and it is uttered and we speak it, it went out of our mouth and over our lips and it is like a sword and we can address the situation and bring down the stronghold. Prayer lives in our mind and our spirit.
When the Spirit of God works within our spirit, He changes the normal uttering of our language and changes it into a heavenly language and that is when we are praying in the Spirit like on the day of Pentecost.
Hebrews 13:15. Let us constantly and at all times through Jesus, offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks and praise to His name.
1 Peter 2:5. Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. The things that happened in the Old Testament can be used as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did, 1 Corinthians 10:6 and 11. Let us study the offerings.
Old Testament offerings:
In the Old Testament the building of altars was always related to prayer offerings, praises, thanksgiving and forgiveness of sins. These offerings were always presented and made with fire.
There were sin offerings, burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offering, peace offerings, daily offerings, monthly offerings, Sabbath offerings and feast offerings.
It was very essential that these offerings must be: Numbers 28-29.
– A burning sacrifice
– Without blemish
– Holy convocation unto God, you shall do no customary work
– Acceptable to God
– Called unto the name of the Lord
– Sweet aroma unto the Lord
The first offering:
Genesis 4:3-4. Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry.
God rejected Cain’s offering because there was sin in his heart.
Luke 6:45. An evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
The second offering:
Genesis 8:20. Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma.
Tabernacle: Israel started offerings to idols:
Later Israel erected the Tabernacle where God was visiting them and sitting in the Holiest place inside the Tabernacle. But Israel started to offered to idols, to Baal, Molog and other foreign gods, offered their children to the false god’s and go through the fire. Malachi 1:7. You offer defiled food on My altar, offer blind, lame and sick animals. Will you offer it then to your governor? Malachi 1:14. But cursed be the deceiver who has in his flock a male and takes a vow, but sacrifices to the Lord what is blemish – for I am a great King says the Lord of hosts.
Jesus the one and final Offer:
Luke 2:22. When the days of Mary purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Jesus to the Lord and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or to young pigeons.
Hebrew 10:12,14. But this Jesus, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, for by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. Jesus the Lamb of God.
Ephesians 5:2. Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Money: Tithing & offering:
Malachi 3:10. Bring all the tithes and offerings into the storehouse. Give your tithes and offerings, which is also a sacrifice. But if you give more than that, you are sowing.
2 Corinthians 9:5-6. Prepare your generous gift beforehand, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. God loves a cheerful giver.
Galatians 3:13. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
The promises and the blessings of the law still belong to us. Jesus has just taken the curse away. Abraham was a friend of God. But we are children of God. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. We cannot rob God if we are an heir of Him. We have no curse upon us. The promise of the Spirit in the New Testament is: He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Do good and share:
Hebrews 13:16. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Romans 12:1. I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God; present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 Corinthians 5:10. We must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
1 Thessalonians 5:23. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise & worship:
Hebrews 13:15. Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
1 Timothy 2:8. I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands.
Hebrews 5:7. (NIV) During the days of Jesus life on earth, he offered up payers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death.
Prayers, petitions, loud cries and tears!
Revelation 8:3-4. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15. Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. We are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
PRAYER OF COMMUNICATION
SPARK IN COMMUNICATION
Communication is business with God:
Luke 2:49. I am occupied in my Fathers business.
Jesus saw His calling, teachings and ministry as being part of His Father business.
Jesus said to His parents: “I am occupied in my Fathers business.” That is why Jesus was so effective, purposeful and successful in His ministry. Jesus was with the Father before He came to earth. He was in communication and relationship with the Father. He saw and listen what the Father was doing and teaching, and when He came to earth, He exactly knows what to do and how to do the ministry of the Father.
John 5:19. Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”
1 Corinthians 15:58. My beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Prayer is the starting point to go into business with God. No earthly business and the business of the kingdom can at all be effective without the appropriate principles. Communication is the first one. The basic principles of an agreement and conclude and arrangement is; an encounter. There can be no effective business without spending time in communication with the mentor.
If we do understand that the same principles to make worldly business profitable, is applicable in God’s business, we will be effective and purposeful in our ministry in the kingdom of God. Jesus used the following words that is business type of words:
GO, MAKE, TEACH, OBSERVE and COMMAND.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20.
This is exactly the words that an effective manager will daily use in his business to activate his staff members and make them effective and powerful while he learns and teach them in all the ways to operate his business.
The business of Jesus:
Jesus Himself appoint us to be in His ministry for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12-15.
Till we all come to the unity of the faith
To the knowledge of the Son of God
To be a perfect man
To the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ
To speak the truth in love
To Grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ
This definitely shows us our responsibility towards the body of Christ and to do the work of the ministry, we have to stay close to the head, Jesus Christ, and spend enough time with Him to hear and feel His heart beat.
Principles of business in ministry:
Budget for prayer:
Prayer is time sharing:
Time sharing is the door to communication. It is the result of connection. It is the basis of relationship and the beginning of knowledge. The more I pray the better I will know Jesus and the better I will pray. The more I pray and have conversations with Jesus, the better will I be in His ministry. We must listen to Jesus and His word, keep asking and sit at His feet to hear His voice. From this point we can act according to His will and word.
Ephesians 1:17. Keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.
Psalm 21:2. You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.
Mica 7:7. But as for me I will look to the Lord and confident in Him, I will watch, I will wait, with hope and expectancy, for the Lord will hear me.
Business with God is to know Jesus better and better and to hear from Him and to be more effective in our work, labour and ministry in the kingdom.
Hebrews 6:10. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown towards His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Proverbs 22:29. Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings.
Sluggish: If we are not effective in God’s ministry and there are no growing and fruitfulness, we will get sluggish in our way of doing God’s ministry. We will think that it is God that is not supporting us and will look at all other excuses.
We can easy fall into the trap of perception and mere ideology. Words can become more important than power. But it is the basis of trust, faith, truth, moral values, promises and partnership that brings the relationship and success. Prayer becomes a holy conversation, a divine visitation and moments of sharing. It is moments of mutual experience. Business in prayer is dialogue with God, dialogue with the Head and the “Boss” and to do His will. His will is to have relationship with Him, read and study His word, and then we will know and do exactly how Jesus did it.
The effective salesman will budget his agenda to spend time with the owner to hear strategies to meet targets and planning the way forward. The success is guaranteed and the owner will reward in due time.
Matthew 6:6 When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Set enough time aside with Jesus in prayer and communication. Bring your needs, visions, budgets, outreaches, soulwinning, plans and actions to Him. His word is the truth and when you act in His name through the power of the Holy Spirit, He will confirm His word through the accompanying signs.
Mark 16:20. They went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.
Motives in prayer:
If the motive of the staff is faithful and to work for the benefit and growth of the organization, there will certainly be promotion.
Our motives must always be pure and true and to glorify the name of Jesus. God will always reward His servants.
Hebrews 6:10. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown towards His name.
1 Corinthians 1:26. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption- that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
John 5:44. How can you believe, who receive honour from one another, and do not seek the honour that comes from the only God.
Exodus 20:5. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.
Isaiah 42:8. I am the Lord, that is my name; and my glory I will not give to another.
Conditions in prayer:
If the conditions in the working place is co-operation, trust and obeying, nothing will be impossible for the organization. If the conditions are right, then the support will be there. If there is support in the working place for the workers, they will feel confident that a higher force is behind them to operate freely and effectively. The sky will be the limit.
The same in the ministry of God:
Jesus said: He will be with us till the end.
Condition: We must go and preach the gospel. Matthew 28:19-20.
Jesus said: He will anoint us with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Condition: We must be a witness for Him. Act 1:8.
If we can trust God, then He must always trust us to be loyal to Him. Trust in a visa-versa way will make a very effective team for it will be a mutual agreement and partnership with each other.
Actions in prayer:
If there is no actions and pro-active actions in the working place, then there will be no opportunities to win more market shares and expand the business to greater heights.
The same in the ministry of Jesus:
We must take actions in prayer. If our prayers stay only focused on ourselves, our own family and needs, then God will supply only in that what we ask for ourselves. But God blessed Abraham so that he could be a blessing to others. God blessed Job the moment that he prays for his friends. Then God multiplied and poured out His blessings on him.
James 5:16. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man is powerful.
Put action into your prayer. Start praying greater, wider and fervent prayers, and your prayer will be more effective with great results. The kingdom of God will expand and we will take more and more spiritual ground for Him. 2 Corinthians 10:4.
PROCESS IN PRAYER
Jesus is the only one who gives us true example of the process in prayer, because prayer is all about Him. Luke 19:35-48. The triumphal entry of Jesus and what he did, shows us exactly the seven steps of the process in prayer.
Praise and Worship Jesus:
Luke 19:37: As He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice.” The first step in prayer is to worship and praise the Lord. Hebrews 13:15. Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Make Jesus the King:
Luke 19:37-38: The whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen saying: “Blessed is the King, who comes in the name of the Lord!” Jesus is the great King of heaven and earth. Make Him King of your whole life and existence. Revelation 19:16. He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of kings and Lord of lords. Malachi 2:14. For I am a great King.
Wept and Pray:
Luke 19:41: As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it. Hebrews 5:7. During the days of Jesus life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to God. We must have a heart for unsaved people going to eternal damnation. Pray and wept over your town, city, family, friends, church, abused women and children, crime, people in prison, corruption, etc. We must intercede for them. Luke 19:46. My house is a house of prayer. Matthew 6:9-10. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your kingdom come, your will be done.
Clean your heart and life:
Luke 19:45: Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it. Clean your heart and lifestyle. Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus. Psalm 51:2, 10. Blot out my transgressions, wash me thoroughly from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, o God. 1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Matthew 21:14: Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. Step five is where Jesus is the Healer. If our hearts which is the temple of God is now clean, he can and will heal us from all physical, spiritual and emotional sickness, stress and diseases, body, soul and spirit.
Word of God:
Luke 19:47: Jesus was teaching daily in the temple. Let the Word of God teaches you by reading it when you pray and during the day. Pray with an open Bible. Read the Word out loudly. The Holy Spirit will enlighten it to you and bring forth new revelations. Ephesians 6:17. Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Matthew 4:7. Jesus said to him, it is written. Quote the Scriptures.
Philippians 4:6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Thanksgiving is the last action of our process in prayer. Thanksgiving bind all the above six processes together and by faith and thanksgiving, God will give the answers.
Our Father who art in heaven, I come to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am aware that I am a sinner and lost, cannot save myself and that I need a Redeemer.
I believe that you gave Jesus Christ your Son to die on the cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of my sins,
and that His blood was shed to clean me from all sin and iniquities.
I also believe that you raised Jesus from the dead and He is now my Intercessor at your right hand.
Father, I come to you and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour and confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.
I confess my sins before you, wash me now through the blood of the Lamb, take all my sins away and make me clean, as white as snow.
Write my name in your book of life. I forgive every person that has sinned against me and set them all free.
Thank you, I am now your child and I belong to you. I am totally forgiven and free and I am your child and your heir.
I will go and tell the good news to everyone. I love you.
Bible verses to support:
1. I am a sinner: Isaiah 53:6. Romans 3:23. 1 John 1:8
2. I cannot save myself: Acts 4:12. John 14:6. Ephesians 2:8
3. God gave Jesus: John 3:16. 2 Corinthians 5:21. Isaiah 53:5
4. Confess your sins: 1 John 1:9. Psalm 51:1-9. Romans 10:9-10
5. Accept Jesus as Saviour: John 1:12
6. Believe: Romans 10:13. Revelation 3:20. John 6:37
7. Go and tell: Matthew 28:28