Day and night worship on earth – fire on the altar
Keys to Prayer
When God gave instructions to Moses for the worship in the tabernacle, He emphasized that the fire on the altar of burnt offering should be kept burning at all times, including the night hours.
While worship in the heavenly throne room seems effortless, worship in the earthly tabernacle requires substantial effort. The priests had to tend the fire. It would only stay burning if they kept it stoked. They had to do this at night as well as during the daytime.
- As His living sacrifice, ask the Lord to cause your heart to burn with love for Him.
- As His priest, ask him to teach you how to cultivate this fire so that it does not go out.
- The Lord told Moses that the burnt offering must be on the altar “all night until the morning”. Especially in dark times, ask Him to work constancy in you so that the fire keeps burning.
Leviticus 6:9, 12-13 (ESV)
This is the law of the burnt offering. The burnt offering shall be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it. The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and he shall arrange the burnt offering on it and shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.
Romans 12:1 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Godʼs mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.