The period of the middle ages is often referred to as the dark ages. The dark ages was due to demographic, economic and cultural decline after the fall of the Roman empire. This is nothing compared to what we are experiencing in our time. We are presently living in a period of profound darkness, but this time the darkness is spiritual, and it is getting darker and darker. Darkness is the spiritual force that takes over when the will of YHVH is rejected. This gives the enemy legal right and authority. We are influenced by this darkness around us. We fall into temptation, we turn away from YHVH, our prayers are not effective, we don’t hear YHVH’s voice and don’t know His will.
As believers, we are called to be lights in this darkness. The question is, are we effective in dispelling darkness or are we helping it along? This article is meant to help believers to be effective in this task. We cannot do this alone, we need YHVH to help us and we need each other. In order for Him to help us, we need to be able to communicate with Him. We need to have an intimate relationship with Him, to be able to connect to Him, to be in His presence.
We read in 2 Chronicles:
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We are to humble ourselves, pray, seek YHVH’s face and turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear us, forgive our sin and heal our land. This is how darkness is dispelled.
In this article we are going to focus on prayer and more specifically on spiritual prayer altars. In our previous article, we mentioned how YHVH showed us that the Kotel or western wall in Jerusalem is a spiritual prayer altar, a spiritual gateway. We will confirm this from scripture and show you how we can erect spiritual prayer altars and see how YHVH effects change through prayer. Our assurance is to be in Him.
Our assurance in YHVH
YHVH will always be the One affecting change, not us. However, we are called to be lights, so we do have a role to play in dispelling darkness.
37 â€œFor nothing will be impossible with Elohim.â€
1 John 5:14
14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
YHVH hears our prayers, but sometimes our prayers are hindered.
As an example of such hindrance we can look at the passage in Daniel 10. Daniel was in Babylon at the time and Babylon was under Persian rule.
12 Then he said to me, â€œDo not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your Elohim, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 â€œBut the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
What is described here took place in the spiritual realm. Daniel’s prayer was heard, but Gabriel was hindered in bringing an answer for 21 days. Michael, one of the chief princes came to help him. Babylon was ruled by Persia, not only physically, but also spiritually. The prince of the kingdom of Persia is the spiritual authority over that area. This authority was opposing YHVH’s authority and therefor the answer to Daniel’s prayer was hindered. Daniel persisted in prayer and Gabriel prevailed, with Michael’s help in bringing Daniel the answer from YHVH.
We are in a similar situation to Daniel. However, in the case of Daniel, we know He was righteous, he trusted YHVH and prevailed in prayer. Even so, the answer to his prayer was hindered. We live in the nations on defiled land. Can we claim the same righteousness and spiritual authority Daniel had? If not, how much more will our prayers be hindered?
The authority over us physically and spiritually is opposing to YHVH’s authority. Wherever people have rejected YHVH, spiritual darkness takes over, this can also be referred to as a closed heaven. Jeremiah explains it well:
5 Thus says YHVH, â€œWhat injustice did your fathers find in Me, That they went far from Me And walked after emptiness and became empty? 6 â€œThey did not say, â€˜Where is YHVH Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and of pits, Through a land of drought and of deep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt?â€™ 7 â€œI brought you into the fruitful land To eat its fruit and its good things. But you came and defiled My land, And My inheritance you made an abomination. 8 â€œThe priests did not say, â€˜Where is YHVH?â€™ And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me, And the prophets prophesied by Baal And walked after things that did not profit.
The land was defiled and the people, nor the priests realized they were far from YHVH. They did not ask “where is YHVH?” This is the problem with living in the nations ruled by darkness. We do not realize the situation we are in. We accept the authority and influence over us as normal. We do not ask “where is YHVH?” Why do we not hear His voice? Why do we not know His will for us? We continue on with our lives, blind and deaf, thinking it’s normal.
This can be different.
We were given dominion over the earth, not these dark spiritual forces, but we allow them to have dominion over us due to our inaction. John Mulinde writes about spiritual darkness:
Spiritual forces were not given dominion over the earth; man was (Gen 1: 28). Therefore, they do not have the legal authority to control the direction a society goes. But man chooses what spiritual forces he is going to yield to. When man chooses darkness, he is not only inviting darkness to come into the spiritual atmosphere, but also to affect his way of life.2
This spiritual darkness can only be dispelled by yielding to YHVH and prayer. We are to follow Daniel’s example by living righteously and persisting in prayer. We are to build spiritual prayer altars. Allow us to explain.
Building an altar
The principle behind building an altar is illustrated by the passage about the census David took. It is written that David was moved by satan to number the people of Israel. Joab warned him not to do it, but he prevailed. YHVH was displeased about this. David realized what he had done and repented. He asked YHVH to take away his iniquity. YHVH sent Gad, a prophet, to David with three choices of judgment: 3 years of famine, 3 months in the hands of their enemies or three days of the sword of YHVH.
David chose to fall into YHVH’s hands – 70,000 people of Israel died because of the plague YHVH sent. Then YHVH sent the angel to destroy Jerusalem, but saw the calamity and relented. As YHVH told the destroying angel to stop, He let David see this destroying angel. Seeing the destroying angel with his drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem was an act of mercy by YHVH. David and the elders with him fell on their faces before YHVH, pleading for mercy for the people.
1 Chronicles 21:15â€“17
15 And Elohim sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; but as he was about to destroy it, YHVH saw and was sorry over the calamity, and said to the destroying angel, â€œIt is enough; now relax your hand.â€ And the angel of YHVH was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16 Then David lifted up his eyes and saw the angel of YHVH standing between earth and heaven, with his drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, covered with sackcloth, fell on their faces. 17 David said to Elohim, â€œIs it not I who commanded to count the people? Indeed, I am the one who has sinned and done very wickedly, but these sheep, what have they done? O YHVH my Elohim, please let Your hand be against me and my fatherâ€™s household, but not against Your people that they should be plagued.â€
The angel then told David through Gad to build an altar to YHVH.
2 Samuel 24:18â€“19
18 So Gad came to David that day and said to him, â€œGo up, erect an altar to YHVH on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.â€ 19 David went up according to the word of Gad, just as YHVH commanded.
David bought this threshing floor and erected an altar there.
1 Chronicles 21:26â€“28
26 Then David built an altar to YHVH there and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. And he called to YHVH He answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering. 27YHVH commanded the angel, and he put his sword back in its sheath. 28 At that time, when David saw that YHVH had answered him on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he offered sacrifice there.
Building an altar creates an atmosphere of reconciliation with YHVH. YHVH heard David and held back the plaque.
2 Samuel 24:25
25 David built there an altar to YHVH and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus YHVH was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.
The first temple was later built on this site.
YHVH allowed David to see the darkness of the coming judgment. David saw the angel with his outstretched arm against Jerusalem. David fell on his face and pleaded for deliverance. YHVH told him to build an altar to Him and offer sacrifices. When David did that, YHVH was moved by prayer for the land and the plague was held back.
In His great mercy, YHVH also allows us to see the darkness of judgment coming. This should prompt us to create an atmosphere of reconciliation with YHVH. We are to erect an altar to YHVH, a spiritual altar and offer our prayers as sacrifices on it. We are to seek restoration with YHVH and return to Him. He may then relent and stay the judgment against us.
Consider what is happening in the world. Has YHVH not shown us mercy in revealing to us what is coming? His judgment is at the door. What are we doing about it? Are we seeking reconciliation with YHVH, or do we prefer to go into denial, and continue our lives as normal?
Standing in the gap
When YHVH allows us to see the coming destruction and judgment, He is inviting us, even expecting us to build up the wall and stand in the gap.
30 â€œI searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.
“Building up the wall” is a reference to restoring fellowship and “standing in the gap” refers to intercession – prayer on behalf of. When we pray, we actually battle in the spiritual realm. John Mulinde writes about prayer altars:
Prayer altars are powerful. They can push back darkness, change the spiritual atmosphere of cities and nations, and bring redemption to elements of society that were eroding. They can bring about the purposes of God and produce tangible fruits of the kingdom of God flowing into the lives of the people of that land. 2
John Mulinde co-wrote a book with Mark Daniel titled “Prayer Altars: A Strategy That Is Changing Nations.” (e-book version) This book forms the inspiration for most of what is written here. They share lots of testimonies in this book of how change was seen after YHVH’s presence was invited into homes, workplaces and even in the land of Uganda. It is a very inspiring book and worth a read.
Physical results are only possible after we have won the battle in the spiritual.
You will only find success in what you are doing in the physical realm after you have won the battle in the spiritual realm.â€ 2
What we see around us, physically, is the manifestation of the spiritual atmosphere around us. If darkness reigns, darkness will manifest, if darkness is pushed back, righteousness will be made manifest.
The building of altars to YHVH was done from the beginning. Cain and Abel did it, so did Noah. Abram is a great example of taking possession of the land for YHVH’s kingdom. John Mulinde refers to it as the Abrahamic strategy.
The Abrahamic strategy
In Genesis 12:1-3, we read about YHVH calling Abram to go out to the land YHVH has promised to him and his descendants. When YHVH called Abram, He called him to take possession of the land.
Everywhere Abraham went, he built altars to YHVH. The first place Abraham built an altar to YHVH was at Elon Moreh. This place still exists today. When you stand in this place, you have an amazing view of the land of Israel. I can imagine Abraham standing there, with a splendid view of the land of Canaan, hearing YHVH’s voice telling him that He give this land to his offspring. There he built an altar to YHVH.
6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then YHVH appeared to Abram and said, â€œTo your offspring I will give this land.â€ So he built there an altar to YHVH, who had appeared to him.
Why did he do that? We have highlighted a clue for you. We will explain it further later on.
8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to YHVH and called upon the name of YHVH.
14 YHVH said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, â€œLift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, 15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. 17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.â€ 18 So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to YHVH.
The land of Canaan was inhabited by people who did not know YHVH. We read in Genesis 12:6 “ At the time the Canaanites were in the land” From this statement we know what can be expected spiritually. The people of the land worshipped other gods, practiced witchcraft and all kinds of other ungodly practices. What the people did and worshipped was attracting dark spirits and gave these spirits legal authority over the land. The land of Canaan was under a another spiritual principality. John Mulinde writes in his book about prayer altars:
The Canaanites and Perizzites, living in their pagan ways, were opening a spiritual gateway that was allowing spiritual forces of darkness to flow into the land, affecting all of the people who lived there. 2
The land was defiled. Defiled land attracts spiritual darkness. Places of sin become gateways for demons, unholy altars. It is the same today. We live on defiled land. Spiritual darkness is all around us. Physical places of sin like houses of prostitution are gateways for demons and we are affected by it.
A thought system in a country can also serve as an unholy altar. In the Netherlands, for example, humanism is practiced, taught and encouraged. By definition humanism is a system of thought that rejects religious beliefs and centers on humans and their values, capacities, and worth. YHVH is not worshipped in this system, the human being is. This is also a spiritual altar for darkness. The more this belief system is embraced and followed, the darker the spiritual atmosphere will become and the more dark practices will be allowed. You probably know that the Netherlands is one of only a few countries where prostitution is legalized, they are now lobbying to have Pedophilia recognized as a lifestyle choice. The law regulating euthanasia is being broadened more and more. People who are depressed can have themselves euphanized in order to end their misery. You can see from these examples how the darkness is increasing because it is embraced by society.
These are just two examples of unholy altars. As we said before, when YHVH’s way and will is rejected, spiritual darkness rules and we will see it manifest around us.
When we live in this atmosphere, we don’t recognize it because we have grown accustomed to it. This darkness affects us, it draws us into a spiritual slumber, blindness and powerlessness. We learn to accept the darkness and let it continue.
In building altars, Abraham was contending with this spiritual darkness, preparing the land spiritually for change. These altars drew the presence of YHVH and broke the powers of darkness. They were like beacons in the physical and spiritual realm, showing that the spiritual authority and atmosphere was changing. Abram was taking territory from the forces of darkness and claiming it for the kingdom of YHVH. This is what spiritual warfare is about. We don’t exist in a spiritual vacuum, we are affected spiritually by what goes on in our area and the country we live in. There is no neutral ground, it is either part of the kingdom of YHVH or the kingdom of darkness. We are fighting a spiritual battle, fighting for territory. Territory equals influence and if we lose territory, YHVH’s kingdom loses influence.
Isaac continued in the same way as Abraham, building and maintaining the altars his father has built.
24 YHVH appeared to him the same night and said, â€œI am the Elohim of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham.â€ 25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of YHVH, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaacâ€™s servants dug a well.
Jacob too continued building altars to YHVH
18 Now Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram, and camped before the city. 19 He bought the piece of land where he had pitched his tent from the hand of the sons of Hamor, Shechemâ€™s father, for one hundred pieces of money. 20 Then he erected there an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.
6 So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. 7 He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there Elohim had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.
This passage in Genesis 35 is very significant. We will return to it in the next section.
The building of altars continued from generation to generation, claiming the land for the kingdom of YHVH. Moses, Joshua, David and many others built altars for YHVH.
We know from scripture what an altar is. There are detailed instructions in scripture. The question is how do we apply this in our lives. Can we? We first need to define what an altar is.
What is an altar?
An altar is a place of light in the impenetrable darkness of sin, a doorway linking the physical realm to the spiritual realm. 2
In other words, an altar is a gate of heaven.
A gate of heaven
When Jacob was fleeing from Esau after he cheated him out of his birthright and blessing, he went towards Haran, and spent the night at a place known as Bethel. There he had a dream.
10 Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place. 12 He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of Elohim were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, YHVH stood above it and said, â€œI am YHVH, the Elohim of your father Abraham and the Elohim of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 â€œYour descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 â€œBehold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.â€ 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, â€œSurely YHVH is in this place, and I did not know it.â€ 17 He was afraid and said, â€œHow awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of Elohim, and this is the gate of heaven.â€ 18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.
What is interesting about this place is that this is the place where Abraham previously built an altar.
8 Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to YHVH and called upon the name of YHVH.
The altar Abraham built established a gateway in heaven. YHVH’s presence resided there. This shows us the significance of building a prayer altar. It creates a gateway to heaven.
Our hearts are altars
The question is, do we have to build a physical structure like Abraham and all the others did? This is a good question.
After Solomon built and inaugurated the temple, he prayed to YHVH. YHVH answered him.
2 Chronicles 7:12â€“16
12 Then YHVH appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, â€œI have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 â€œIf I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 â€œNow My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. 16 â€œFor now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
YHVH said He heard Solomon’s prayer and has chosen this place for Himself as a house of sacrifice. He said He would be attentive to the prayers offered there. This place was chosen, it had a physical altar where both sacrifices and prayer was offered up to YHVH.
Much later, after Y’shua’s death and resurrection, we read in the epistle to the Corinthians that each of us is a temple of the living Elohim.
2 Corinthians 6:16
16 Or what agreement has the temple of Elohim with idols? For we are the temple of the living Elohim; just as Elohim said, â€œI will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
We are temples of the Living Elohim, our hearts are. We don’t mean the physical organ that pumps blood, but our inner being, our mind, will and emotions. We need to dedicate and surrender our hearts completely to YHVH and our prayers will be spiritual sacrifices. We are living stones, used to build a spiritual house and our prayers are our sacrifices.
1 Peter 2:5
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Elohim through Y’shua Messiah.
15 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to Elohim, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
The concept of prayers being sacrifices is not only found in the Apostolic writings. We find it in the Tanakh also.
2 May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.
108 O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O YHVH, And teach me Your ordinances.
2 Take words with you and return to YHVH. Say to Him, â€œTake away all iniquity And receive us graciously, That we may present the fruit of our lips.
Prayers are sacrifices and their purpose is the same as physical sacrifices. It is about giving thanks, alleviating guilt and restoring fellowship with our heavenly Father.
Today, we are the living sacrifice (Rom 12: 1). Our lives are laid on the altar, surrendered and yielded to YHVH. This is a reasonable act of worship. The offerings we lay at the altar include our soft, yielded, surrendered hearts and wills. We come to the altar to offer our lives and give ourselves in submission to God, creating an opening for the spiritual realm to impact the physical realm. 2
We also know from scripture that only a perfect animal is acceptable as a sacrifice to YHVH. Through Y’shua’s blood that was shed for us, we are acceptable before YHVH. Y’shua’s death for our sin satisfied the holiness YHVH requires of us. We need to and can surrender ourselves completely to YHVH on a daily basis.
A time for prayer
At the time the temple stood, people used to go there for prayer at the time of the morning and evening sacrifices. Just as there were specific times for the daily sacrifices, so we too must set aside special time for prayer. We must make this a priority. Y’shua, when He was on earth, made time to pray to YHVH.
35 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Y’shua got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
The early believers did the same (Acts 10:9.) If we don’t set aside a special time for prayer, it will remain a good intention. Our lives are busy and there will always be something to distract us.
This prayer time is not about just spending a certain time in prayer, maybe read the Bible or journal, but about deep communion with YHVH. To commune with YHVH is to be in a state of intimate, heightened sensitivity and receptivity towards YHVH. To be in His presence. It is about pushing back the forces of darkness and making contact with YHVH.
We were created to be in YHVH’s presence, sin changed that. However, through Y’shua it is possible to go boldly before YHVH’s throne and commune with Him. Through creating the right environment, we can experience YHVH’s presence every day.
When we read Psalm 42, we get an idea of how David at times struggled to commune with YHVH. He hungered for that special communion with YHVH.
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O Elohim. 2 My soul thirsts for Elohim, for the living Elohim; When shall I come and appear before Elohim?
7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
Communion with YHVH is deep calling to deep. It is about our spirit connecting and communing with His Spirit. We need to be dedicated to the time we set aside to commune with YHVH and keep distractions away. Any and every distraction will prevent us from really communing with YHVH on a deep level. We are to press in and really focus on YHVH. First thing in the morning works best for us. Leave your email, social media and other interesting articles till later. Focus on YHVH first, seek His face and wait for HIm.
8 When You said, â€œSeek My face,â€ my heart said to You, â€œYour face, O YHVH, I shall seek.â€
14 Wait for YHVH; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for YHVH.
David was in my opinion an expert on prayer. He shows deep insight in communing with YHVH. We can learn much about prayer from the psalms he wrote, for in these psalms he poured out his heart to YHVH.
Not only are we to set aside special time for prayer, we are to keep the fire burning throughout the day.
Keep the fire burning
The fire on the altar was to be kept burning (Lev 6:12). During the day the priests would tend to the altar to make sure this is done. We are to do the same.
The element of tending the fire and not allowing it to go out is very important. It is not so much about saying prayers all day long. It is about having your heart connected, yielded to God, and seeking for the connection to continue throughout the day. You will find things throughout your day that try to shut your heart down, pull you into your flesh, or grieve the Spirit of God. If you tend the altar, then you turn to God through the day, allowing Him to lead you, strengthen you, refocus you, or guide you.
Abiding with God is an entrusting of yourself to Him to be kept inflamed. It is not a work, but a consenting of His work through you.2
Abiding with YHVH is to yield ourselves to Him continually. Whenever we become negative or frustrated, we are to turn to Him. This way, we keep the fire burning on the altar of our hearts. We are also to remain in obedience to YHVH. Disobedience to YHVH’s instructions will extinguish the fire and attract darkness, not light.
7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to Elohim, for it does not submit to Elohimâ€™s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please Elohim.
Being in the flesh means being in sin. When we displease YHVH through disobedience, we will not invite His presence. We will not hear His voice and will not know His will for us.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to Elohim. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to Elohim, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before YHVH, and he will exalt you.
Sin causes spiritual death, this was so from the beginning.
The spiritual force of darkness will blind, hinder, weaken, harden, and exert forces against us to continue to push us further and further away from God and His will. The longer we stay in darkness, the more lost we become, the more we see old patterns of sin and flesh coming in, and the more we see godly desires and ways eroding.2
When we sin, we allow this spiritual force of darkness to influence us. It is like suffering a slow spiritual death. Sin originates in our minds. We are to be vigilant not to allow or agree with thoughts that will lead us to sin.
The Bible tells us to guard our hearts and our minds (Phil 4: 7). Paul says to renew our minds to truth (Rom 12: 2), and Y’shua tells us that if we know the truth, the truth will set us free (John 8: 32). 2
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
When this happens, we will not be able to commune with YHVH or experience His presence. However, when we cleanse ourselves through repentance, and draw near to YHVH in prayer, we will be able to commune with YHVH, hear His voice and know His will for us. His presence will expose the darkness in our lives further, and we will be able to cleanse ourselves and be able to draw even closer to Him.
Darkness is all around us, spiritual darkness. This darkness influences us every day. The enemy has unholy altars everywhere and these altars form a habitat for dark spiritual powers. Whenever the will and ways of YHVH is rejected, these powers flourish. We can be influenced by these forces if we choose to yield to them. Not doing anything about the situation, means we allow it, which is equal to yielding to it. We are to ask ourselves “where is YHVH? Why don’t I hear His voice?” Could it be because I have so yielded to the darkness around that He doesn’t feel welcome?
We as believers in YHVH can do something about this. I know, YHVH doesn’t need us, but we need Him. So why do we have to do anything? YHVH does not force Himself on people, we have to choose for Him and then through prayer the world can literally be changed. Where YHVH’s presence dwells, change will be seen. This darkness can be dispelled through giving our hearts wholly to YHVH as prayer altars to Him, inviting His presence into our lives when we offer up the sacrifices of our lips. We can influence other believers to do the same, so creating a network of prayer altars. These altars of prayer, invite YHVH’s presence into our lives, homes, family, workplaces and community and His presence will affect change. His presence shows us the way and it illuminates and exposes the darkness.
TheÂ question is how desperate are we for change? How desperate are we to commune with YHVH, to hear His voice? Are we going to wait until all is falling apart around us, or will we take a stand against the darkness around us, by inviting YHVHâ€™s presence into our lives?
- All quoted passages are from the New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995. We have substituted YHVH for LORD and Yâ€™shua for Jesus
- Mulinde, John; Daniel, Mark. Prayer Altars: A Strategy That Is Changing Nations (Kindle Locations 948-950). World Trumpet Mission. Kindle Edition.
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