Restoring Altars: How is Your Prayer Life?
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | July 1, 2019Ezra 3:1–2 (NKJV) “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, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God.”
How is your prayer life? Has the altar of prayer been neglected or even missing in your life? Judah had been conquered by the Babylonians and the temple destroyed but seventy years later the LORD commissioned Zerubabel to return to rebuild the temple. The first thing he did was rebuild the altar. Restoring the altar is the first step in restoring everything else the enemy has destroyed. Altars are sacred places where men meet God. In calling the people of Israel back to God, Elijah restored the altar of the LORD. There God answered by fire and a revival took place in Israel. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the evil that surrounds us. Positive change can seem impossible when we believe that it depends upon us. However, altars remind us that everything depends upon God. God can turn an impossible situation around if we will spend time at the altar of prayer. At the altar we behold the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross and make petitions through faith in God’s promises. Let us face our need with prayer. We have great challenges but God is greater than the challenges we face. Prayer is the key to revival. Prayer is the key to breakthrough. Prayer is the key to the miraculous for we call upon the God of miracles. Let us restore and revisit the altar of prayer. Let us trust in God who can turn things around.