August 07, 2011

Crying Out from the Altar

Revelation 6: 9-10-11 says:

   And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 

   And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

   And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

   We visited a local church this morning, one that we visit from time to time, and I was amazed at how some of our local country churches are getting away from using the Altar. 

   When the call for Altar Prayer went out, only around six people out of the entire congregation went to the Altar to pray. 

  If Christians won't use the Altar, how can we expect non-Christians to use it?

After we got home, I was sitting here reflecting on Revelation ch. 6: 9, 10, and 11,  
and this thought came to me: 

If we never bowed a knee and prayed to the Lord at an Altar here on earth,
would our prayers be among those cried out from the Altar in Heaven.

   It's not for me to say.  But, praying at the Altar is a sacrifice of praise. 
I remember well how the Altars in country churches were filled with people crying out to God. 
 I remember well how the Holy Spirit came down and filled the house. 
I know first hand that this is pleasing to God. 
So how did so many get away from Altar Prayer? 
 So many churches are loosing power with God.
  Some are drying up like chaff. 
 Let us never be ashamed to bow our knee at an Altar of Prayer. 
We live in uncertain times, we need God now more than ever,
 my prayer is that we all call upon the name of Jesus Christ for strength to endure.
Blessings, Trisha

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