THE WOOD OF PRAYER
Proverbs 26:20-21 (20a) – Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out. (KJV)
We have been studying God’s will in prayer and the essence of prayer. However, it is important to note that our prayer altar must keep burning in constant communion with God. Leviticus 6:12-13 says, “And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning…” This verse indicates our duty to ensure that our relationship with God in worship and prayer does not suffer. God has the mandate to light up our altars and set us on fire, but it is our responsibility to maintain the fire.
Another emphasis in Leviticus 6:12-13 is wood. The wood is for sustaining the fire, and today’s Bible reading makes it clear that without the wood, the fire will quench. Verse 21 further mentions that coal is required to set other coals on fire. This means that we need wood and coals in prayer to remain vibrant. Wood can represent the tools that stir up our worship. It could be singing songs, hymns, and praying in the Holy Ghost, while “coals” can refer to revival. When our altar of prayer is kindled, the fire will be evident in our communities, and people’s altars will be lit to extend the fire.
Beloved, I encourage you this new month to set your altar on fire and maintain it. Identify your woods in prayer and fan them into flames. When this is done, it will be easy to light the coals for God. May God bless you!
Hymn: Sweet Hour of Prayer – William W. Walford (1845)
1. Father, please set me on fire. I want to burn for You!
2. Holy Spirit, breathe on me and revive my unused woods in worship and prayer.
1. Father, use me as an instrument of revival to revive the coals.
2. Use your woods to spend quality time praising God and praying as you are led.
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