Have you ever wondered, How comes I am a Christian and So-and-So is not? He may be a better person than me, but for some reason I believe in God while he doesn’t yet or even refuses to.
It is not our seeking for God and our hunger for reality that primarily brought us to know God or to come into the church life, but it is the interceding of Christ that has caused all this to happen.
Christ intercedes not only for our needs, but He intercedes for God’s need, and He wants us to enter into His interceding life and participate with Him in His intercession. Christ today is at the incense altar in the center of the tabernacle, the center of the universe, interceding for God’s need.
The center of God’s operation in the universe is the incense altar, where Christ is interceding in His prayer life to execute God’s government on the earth.
As we enjoy Christ as the laver, the showbread table, the lampstand, and the ark, we are qualified to pray with Him and intercede with Him at the incense altar in our experience.
The prayers offered at the incense altar govern the universe and moves God’s hand to execute His judgments and accomplish His economy.
Lord, cause us to see You in Your interceding life, and make us those who join in to pray one with You! Lord, we want to advance in our experience of You until we participate in Your interceding life to pray for God’s interests on the earth!
Participating in Christ’s Interceding Life
The Christ we enjoy daily and the Christ we experience in our day-to-day life is the interceding Christ. He intercedes for us non-stop – Christ as the Intercessor prays for us to maintain the relationship with God. He wants us to participate in His interceding life.
First of all, we need to pray, petition, and intercede (see 1 Tim. 2:1), even pray at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints (Eph. 6:18-19). We need to pray for the saints and pray for the ones speaking the gospel and establishing churches (1 Thes. 5:25; Col. 4:3; Heb. 13:18).
Without Christ’s intercession for us our relationship with God cannot exist. It is because Christ prayed for us (and some also cooperated with Him on earth to pray for us) that we received the Lord as our Savior and were born again.
It is because Christ fervently intercedes for us (and probably some saints are also praying one with Christ) that today we are still in the church life in the Lord’s recovery, under the ministry of the age.
Christ prays for us, and He wants us to enter in and participate with Him in His interceding life today.
The Incense Altar is the Center of God’s Operation in the Universe
In the Old Testament we see the tabernacle, where God met and dwelt with man.
In the tabernacle as a type of Christ, the enterable and enjoyable God, we can experience Christ as the altar for burnt offering (by confessing our sins and trespasses , the laver (washing us with water in the Word), the show bread table (Christ as the bread of life, in the Holy Place), the lampstand (Christ is the light of life), and the ark of the covenant (deeper experiences of Christ as the resurrection life, the inner law of life, the hidden manna, and the place where we meet with God face to face).
All these experiences qualify us and bring us further to experience Christ as the incense altar, which is the center of God’s operation in the universe. God today operates in the heavens, but His center of operation is the incense altar where man offers prayers to God and is one with God for Him to operate on the earth.
Christ’s prayer life is the center of God’s execution of His government on the earth. Here at the incense altar we are in our “heavenly White House” (USA reference), or the “heavenly No. 10 Downing Street” (UK reference) – the intercession of Christ is God’s White House, God’s No. 10 Downing Street, where God has His center of operation in the universe.
What a privilege to be here one with God, offering the prayers that He needs for Him to accomplish His purpose on earth!
The Prayer Offered at the Incense Altar Governs the Universe
This is a very bold statement, but it is nonetheless true. In Rev. 8 we see that Christ as Another Angel offers the prayers of the saints to God at the incense altar before God’s throne, adding Himself as the incense, and when God smells this, He executes the judgement on the earth and accomplishes His purpose.
Yes, God is on the throne, but when it comes to His operation and execution of His government, it is when the prayers of the saints mixed with Christ ascend from the golden altar that trigger God to do something.
God wants to judge, save, release, bind, and move, but He needs man to enter into Christ’s interceding life and be one with Christ, offering the prayers that God needs, so that God would do what He wants to do!
The incense altar is the place where all this happens – it is before God’s throne, and the saints’ prayers with Christ’s incense ascend to God, causing Him and motivating Him to move and execute His administration!
If we see this vision, we will realize how important it is for us to enter into Christ’s interceding life and pray one with Him. The prayers that we offer God at the incense altar govern the universe and move God’s hand to execute His judgments in His administration!
We need to grow in life, experience Christ in all the aspects as typified by the tabernacle, and pray together with Christ – even “pray Christ” – to God so that God would be motivated to execute His administration on earth!
The motor is the prayer life, and Christ as the real incense altar is the motivator and the motor for our prayer!
Lord, we come forward to God through You, since You live always to intercede. Mingle Yourself more with us, Lord. We want to experience You as all the offerings for our acceptance to God. Lord, You are our bread of life and our light of life. Lord, You are the hidden manna, the resurrection life, the law of life, and the place where we meet with God. Oh, Lord, how we desire to go further and experience Your praying life at the incense altar. Make us those who participate in Your intercession and motivate God to move and execute His administration through our prayer at the incense altar!
References and Further Reading
- Sharing inspired from brother Benson Phillips’ sharing in the message and portions in, The Conclusion of the New Testament (msg. 410), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on Prayer and the Lord’s Move, week 3 (entitled, Praying at the Incense Altar for the Formation of an Army to Fight for God’s Move on Earth).
- Buy this morning revival book online via Living Stream Ministry.
- Further Reading: Life-study of Revelation (msg. 23).
- Hymns on this topic:
# “Keep the incense burning” / On the altar fire; / Feed the flame, Lord Jesus, / Till Thy whole desire / Shall in us, Thy children, / Find free course, and be / Breathed through lips anointed / For this ministry.
# Teach us to pray that we may cause / The enemy to flee, / That we his evil pow’r may bind, / His prisoners to free.
# Coming forward to the Holiest, / Through the incense altar’s prayer; / No more veil of separation, / We may boldly enter there.
- Pictures credit: with permission via, Inspiration Unlimited (facebook page).