May the Fire on the Altar Never Burn Out

Written by Julie Hayden

December 5, 2017

“A Fire shall Always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.”  Leviticus 6:13

I LOVE a good fire. My favorite feature of my home is my fireplace.  I enjoy sitting in front of the fire with a great book and cup of cocoa.  Awww….love the warmth of the fire on cool, crisp night.  Nothing like it!  I love the smell of the wood burning and all the crackling noises.  It is heaven to me! 🙂

DSC_0756Awww…..so relaxing!

As we have been pressing into becoming a house of prayer a friend shared a song with me.  It is Eddie James “Make Me A House of Prayer”.  It is a cry to God to make us His House of Prayer (Is. 56:7)  You’ll hear me talk more about that verse soon.

Today though my thoughts are on a portion that highlights Leviticus 6:13 – May the fire on my altar never burn out.  It is easy to let the fires die.  I’ll start a fire in my fireplace, let it burn a few hours, then I want to call it a night.  I let it burn out.  I close the doors to the fireplace and I walk away.

Yet with God, we are to never let the fire on the altar of our hearts burn out.  We are to burn with His passion, His prayers, His ways.  His praise is to continually be in our mouth.  We are to pray without ceasing.  We are called to not grow weary in well doing.

Those are tall orders!  Good thing we have His Spirit to empower us in this task.  At times it seems easier to walk away than to press in prayer for the breakthrough. “May the fire on my altar never burn out.”  It would be easier to not show love to that nasty co-worker or family member.  “May the fire on my altar never burn out.”  It would be great to right off that friend that betrayed us instead of forgive. ‘May the fire on my altar never burn out.”  It would be better to eat that french silk pie than fast.  “May the fire on my altar never burn out.”  God, You are worth it all!

Today this is my prayer.  I recommit to this altar ministry – I recommit to prayer.  I choose to stoke the fire this morning.  I choose to put more wood, more sacrifice, more obedience, more prayer on the altar of my heart.  Thank You Lord for sending the flame of Your Spirit.  May the fire on my altar never burn out.

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