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Father, increase our faith and trust in You. Help us pray and approach Your throne boldly and to never stop thanking You.

Build for me an altar made of earth, and offer your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats, and your cattle. Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you. (Ex 20:24)

In the Old Testament altars were considered sacred. We often read of the patriarchs building altars to the Lord. But why? Altars were used for many reasons. 

  • Altars were a place of sacrifice and atonement. (Ex 20:24)
  • Altars were places of worship. (Gen 12:7-9)
  • Altars were used for prayer and to call upon God. (Gen 26:25)
  • Altars were a place of encounter. (Gen 35:7)
  • Altars were a place of forgiveness. (Mt 5:24)
  • Altars were markers of the miraculous to remember the works of God. (Josh 4:6,7)
  • Altars were a place for memorial. (Josh 4)

In Joshua, the Israelites moved one step closer to occupying the promised land, but something was in the way–the overflowing Jordan River. (Josh 3:15) Around harvest season, the Jordan River typically flooded the banks. Many theologians also believe the snow would melt off the nearby mountains and drain into the Jordan. It is expected to have risen at least 15 feet above the normal sea level. 

The priests were instructed to carry the ark of the covenant and lead the people into the Jordan to cross over. The minute the priests entered Jordan, the waters would part and they would walk on dry ground. Doesn’t this sound familiar?

Look, the Ark of the Covenant, which belongs to the Lord of the whole earth, will lead you across the Jordan River!  Now choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.  The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.” (Josh 3:11-13)

After Joshua leads the people to the other side, they are instructed to build two altars. One would go in the middle of the Jordan River, the other twelve stones would be in a pile on the other side of the Jordan where they camped. God had a special reason for this. 

Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. (Josh 4:21-23  also see Josh. 4:6,7)

This is the memorial altar. The stones served as a witness to another miraculous act of God. I can imagine fathers and mothers testifying of how God split the sea for them and they crossed over on dry ground. This generation who crossed the Jordan River with Joshua was not the same generation who passed through Egypt with Moses. They had never seen God part the Red Sea. God is a generational, covenant-keeping God. What He’s done for one generation, He can do for another. He parted the Jordan and the Israelites walked through on dry ground. He then instructed them to build an altar to remind the people of what happened that day. Then, He goes one step further and instructs, “When your children ask what this means, tell them what I did.” The altar of remembrance is not just about you. Your altar is for your children, and generations to come. What God has done before, He can do again. 

This verse became personal to me during a very hard time in my life years ago. One family member began to backslide. Another renounced the faith. I lost my job, developed sickness and needed medication, and our car broke down beyond repair. My husband lost his job and with it our health insurance. Someone I love battled mental illness and suicide. I was completely overwhelmed. Praying and pressing in became harder and harder. One day I was trying to pray and found no words or strength. I lay face down on the floor and just cried my eyes out. Then the Lord spoke clearly and said, “Get up and repair your altar!” This was a clear charge from God and I had a choice. I could stay on the floor in self pity and lament, or I could be obedient. 

That word refreshed me and led me on a long Bible study on altars. As I studied the different purposes of each one, the memorial altar came alive. God was reminding me that what He did for me, He could do again. What He did for me, He could do for my children. You and I have history with God, but when we are facing trials and suffering over extended periods of time, we tend to forget it. We need to remind ourselves of who God is and what he’s done. God healed me supernaturally from years of suffering from terrible migraine headaches. Couldn’t He do it again and heal my heart condition? Yes, He could and He did! In my early walk with God I ran from Him, and He was waiting for my return. He healed my backslidings. Couldn’t He do it for my family? Absolutely! 

I had to remind myself that God never changes. He is still as faithful now, as He was when I first gave my life to Him. He will continue to be, because that’s who He is. His faithfulness even extends to generations. 

The Hebrew word for remember is zakar. It means to recall, bring to mind, and make mention. It is also a verb, meaning it’s an action. Remembering begins in the mind, but encourages action. We are to share what God has done for us. When we do, we are testifying. If God did it for me, He can do it for you too.

This is my son’s rock altar.

Years later, I am facing difficult situations again, and I found a reminder. When my son was younger he used to collect rocks. He found a rock he liked and we built an altar…not literally. He wrote on his rock, everything God has brought him through. This was his reminder. Now that he’s older, he can recount all on his own the faithfulness of God and answers to prayer. (This is a great activity to do with your little ones or grandchildren.)

God promises that when we build Him an altar, whether it’s worship, prayer, or encounter, we cause His name to be remembered. When we cause His name to be remembered, He will come and bless us with His presence. (Ex 20:24)

If you are facing trials today, suffering, or anguish, build Him an altar. Although we do not construct literal altars today as they did in the Old Testament, the principles can very much still be applied to our lives daily. The altar of sacrifice was finished at Calvary. Jesus Christ was offered as the Lamb of God. He was the perfect one, offered once and for all in our place. Jesus was the sacrifice; the cross was his altar. We believers are instructed to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God. (Rom 12:1) Every other altar has spiritual principles that we should practice.

If you have been a Christian for some time and find yourself having a difficult time praying, or entering his presence, let’s repair the altar.

Have you been feeling in a funk? Put some worship on. Get alone with God and repair your altar of worship with songs of thanksgiving, praise, and adoration.

Has your prayer life been waning? Remember what Jesus said, “Go to your prayer closet and shut the door.” Get alone with God and call upon the name of the Lord. Repair your prayer altar. If you are able to, do it as a family. Make it a family prayer altar. 

Are you having trouble forgiving someone who has wronged you? Maybe you need to “leave it at the altar” and go and if possible be reconciled.If we want forgiveness, we must be able to give forgiveness. That is biblical.

Every time God answers a prayer, record it so you can share with someone. When you share you stir your faith and encourage others. This is your memorial altar. Remind yourself (zakar) of who your God is. The eternal, unfailing One. I love Psalm 103; it’s a beautiful Psalm of praise causing us to remember the works of God. Read it, meditate on it, and stir up your faith once more. What God has done for you, He can do again! He can do it for your family too! Oh Lord, would you do it again?

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! (Ps 103:1-5)

Author Gloria Robles is a passionate intercessor with a prophetic voice for today. For more from Gloria, go to Spotify or Anchor to listen to her podcast Something To Share(Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

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JoAnn Koch
March 18, 2021

I love this prayer. So very helpful in knowing how to pray in difficult situations. Thank you all so very much.

Nancy
February 20, 2021

Hi Marty.
We need each other in our walk with Jesus!And Jesus knows that. How grateful I am for the “Body” of Christ.
He is the Glory & the lifter of our heads, & He uses His saints to do that.
What a mighty God we serve!
Thank you for sharing Christ with me.
We march on with His amazing grace!
God speed Marty.

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Misty Ferrell
February 19, 2021

Thank you Gloria for this inspiring message and reminder that what God has done for us, He can do again! I love the rock alter! My teenage daughter drew pictures on rocks and included scripture, crosses, reminders such as “God is my Rock” and “Pray”. They are beautiful and a simple token or alter of faith.
A number of years ago when I was at the end of my rope for so many reasons, I fell to my knees and cried out to God to save me. He clearly said, “Let go of your rope and I will catch you! I will not let you fall!”.
He proved it by mending every broken situation in my life, and most importantly, He mended my shattered heart. God is so good and faithful!

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    Gloria A Robles
    February 19, 2021

    Thank you Misty for sharing! There is such power in testimony. 💓 Amen. He is good and faithful.

Jerry Jones
February 18, 2021

So much here. I end my daily prayer with Psalm 141:2 that my prayer be as incense (pleasing aroma, the prayers of the saints) to YOU and the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

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JN
February 18, 2021

I need to visit my alter more often these days and pray ardently to Almighty God. Hear our prayers Lord we really need you these days!

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Ann
February 18, 2021

How uplifting and inspiring for this day when we see many of our nations foundations being shaken. It brings on discouragement and a sense of hopelessness. Our nation was founded on an altar of Judeo-Christian values and we must stand strong and keep repairing, with our prayer weapon in one hand, until the wall is once again complete. Blessings, Gloria, your articles are always a source of inspiration.

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Nancy
February 18, 2021

Dear Gloria.
Thank you for sharing your life, with being so transparent to God’s body.

I have followed Jesus for decades. Through many toils and dangers I have already come, because of His amazing grace.
But recently, because of the corrupt elections, I have struggled. I love America and its freedoms I hold dear. To think leaders can deliberately, knowingly, lie, steal, and deceive the very people they represent staggers me to my core.

I know God is all knowing, all seeing, all loving, and has heard every prayer of the intercessors. I know He tells me to trust in Him, not leaning on my own understanding, but it is a “fight” that is my battle right now. However,I will not quit in this battle, for greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. Prayers for me and perhaps other intercessors are appreciated!

As for memorial altars, I have many, many. The biggest is my salvation!! I could go on and on, but it would be as big as a book if I did.
Instead,I will offer up to Jesus, a sacrifice of praise. Thanking Him for every miraculous altar He has given to this lady. He is faithful, and it is my heart, my faith, to remain faithful to Him until my last breath is taken. With His power this is possible. I lean on Him, my Rock!

Again, I thank you Gloria for reminding me of all God has done for me, my entire life. We need each other for sure. What a gift in God’s kingdom you are, and all at IFA.
Onward and Upward, following Jesus with our every breath.
God speed.

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    Gloria A Robles
    February 18, 2021

    I completely understand Nancy, I think we all experienced a bit of a shock, but he has delivered us before. He can certainly do it again. 🙂 He is always faithful. God bless you

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    Marty Robinson
    February 18, 2021

    Not that you need any endorsing comments, but I had to tell you
    one morning this week, I woke up with those words from Amazing Grace:
    “through many dangers, toils and snares (I) have already come;
    ’twas grace that brought me thus this far and grace will take me home.”
    (Every word might not be exactly right). But, before this, came
    “We offer up the sacrifice of praise.” I struggled through several days
    trying to get all the words and went around singing what I could remember.
    I shared it with as many as possible and just those words and those actions
    blessed and emboldened me through some very hard days.
    I thought a lot about it and remembered that the night before I had said
    out loud and very boldly into the empty house (I live alone): “God has always
    helped me through many difficult things. He is going to help me now and always.”
    This is my testimony and we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and our testimony.
    This connection of assurances by the Holy Spirit within the Body of Christ is
    so wonderful and isn’t obtainable without faith in the Lord. Thanks for your
    comments. They meant so much to me.

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      Gloria A Robles
      February 19, 2021

      You gave a sacrifice of praise! I love that. Thanks for sharing. Amazing Grace is one of my husband’s favorite hymns along with How great thou art. Also that’s a great verse you shared. “We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. Great reminder Marty Blessings to you!

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        Marty Robinson
        February 19, 2021

        Thank you, Gloria.
        I guess you know that your own name praises God: Glory!!!
        Our testimony is the sum total of what we say that we believe
        and also of our actions in response to the circumstances of life.
        You are blessed to have a husband who knows and loves the Lord.
        Be very good to him.
        Shalom!

      Nancy
      February 19, 2021

      Thank you Marty for your response to my post. You ministered to me by sending it.
      To God be the Glory!!

        Marty Robinson
        February 20, 2021

        Thank you, Nancy.
        The highest and best reward is to minister to others, I think.
        The glory is His and our glory is Him and Him alone.
        “You are a shield for me, my glory and the lifter up of my head.”
        Which I say about a million times a day!
        God’s richest blessings be yours today and always in Him.

    Cathy
    February 21, 2021

    Precious words spoken here. God bless you.

Jeannine Courtney
February 18, 2021

Love this beautiful article! Thank you!

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Nancy L Clark
February 18, 2021

Thank you, Gloria, for this encouraging word. God does want our children and grandchildren to know Him and to know that He loves them and can do for them what He has done for us. Blessings!

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jane m stoll
February 18, 2021

Thank you for this word! As a widow for 25 years now I have experienced God’s provision and care in SO many ways. Praise God for His faithfulness! May we all repair our altars and may God receive all the glory!

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Sharon
February 18, 2021

Father, You are such an amazing Father. We have personal altars and national altars to Your goodness and mercy individually and corporately. May our fires never go out but be continually stoked as we encounter new aspects of Your loving nature day after day. Cleanse our sins and save this nation to come into her own. She will be a more perfect union than ever before. I humbly praise and honor You today.

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Katherine
February 18, 2021

This is why Jesus, on the night before He died, when He gave the Apostles his Body and Blood, said, ‘Do this in memory of Me’. So when we take communion we are remembering His death as Paul says, ‘until He comes in glory’.
Just like Abraham with Isaac He laid Himself down to die so that we could die with Him an then become new when He rose from the dead.
Thank you, Lord!❤️

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Beth
February 18, 2021

Thank you Gloria for this beautiful, encouraging word. During these uncertain times when all we tend to see is the advancement of evil, this word reminds us to look at what God is doing and what He has done before. It is a great reminder to continually keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. May God bless and fill each and every intercessor with joy, strength, wisdom and perseverance to fight the good fight of faith in the days ahead. May God alone be glorified.

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    Gloria A Robles
    February 18, 2021

    Beautiful prayer Beth! Thank you so much. 🙂

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Karen Secrest
February 18, 2021

The Word that came forth for ME was, ” and He’ll Do It Again.”
As I recall ALL the Good He has poured into me, then I can be assured, “He’ll Do it Again.” AMEN.

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