I am still pondering over Exodus 30, where God gives precise instructions on how to make the incense golden altar, and then immediately after that there’s the numbering of the people of Israel.
This shows that the intercessory prayer at the incense altar issues in the numbering of God’s people that they would form an army to fight for God’s interest on earth and defeat God’s enemies. Without such an army, the answer to the prayers at the incense altar cannot be poured out on the earth, and God cannot move.
This army is formed only of the strong ones, the males of 20 years old and older, who can fight for God. We need to see the desperate need for us to grow in life unto maturity so that we may be qualified to be enrolled in God’s army to fight against His enemy and for His interest.
At the incense altar we need to pray for our growth in life and the other saints’ growth in life unto maturity so that we together may be formed into God’s army!
How much did we grow in life in the last weeks or months? How much did we grow unto maturity this past year? We need to tell the Lord,
Lord, make us desperate to pray for the growth in the divine life unto maturity. Lord Jesus, grow in us. Lord, grow in all the saints. Bring us on unto maturity. May we not remain infants and immature, but be those who grow in life to reach maturation that we may be qualified to be in Your army. Lord, grow in us for the army to be produced! Lord, grow in all the saints so that You may gain the army to fight against Your enemy!
The Need for Maturity in Life
Not everyone can join the army, no matter how much they want to; only those qualified, mature, and ready can be enrolled in the army.
On the one hand, all God’s people can freely enjoy Christ as our redemption (the Passover lamb), but on the other hand, not all of God’s people but a small number of them are qualified to be part of God’s hosts, His army, to fight for His interests on the earth (Exo. 30:14).
Being mature is not related to being wise or intelligent in our mind, but rather to growing in the divine life and allowing Christ to make His home in our hearts to the uttermost (1 Cor. 2:6; Eph. 3:16).
All God’s people are redeemed back to God – we all are qualified to be redeemed back to God and enjoy Christ as the Lamb of God. But most of God’s people are still infants, and there is a great need for growth in life unto maturity!
Out of more than two million people in Israel at that time, only 603.550 were qualified to be God’s army – less than a third of God’s people.
We need to be those who pray at the incense altar one with Christ for our growth in life and for the growth in the divine life of the saints unto maturity.
There is an urgent need of growth in life unto maturity that many of God’s people would be formed in God’s army to fight for God and His interest on earth!
Will You Grow in Life Every Day?
The Lord is calling today and He is asking us,
Will you grow in life today? Will you grow unto maturity until you become one with Christ in everything and in every way? Will you become one who through the growth in life and maturation is qualified to fight for the Lord?
Today is the day in which God is calling His armies, His mature people who are full-grown in life and who will go forward to fight for the Lord. He has been desiring to gain His army for 2000 years, and He is still waiting for His people to grow in life.
We need to see the urgency of prayer for the growth in life of all the brothers and the sisters to be part of God’s army! Without God’s army He has no ground and no way to operate on earth and accomplish His economy in a full way.
Only when such an army of matured ones is formed will God be able to move on earth for His purpose, and nothing can stand in His way to accomplish what He desires to accomplish.
If we see this, if we see that our growth in life hinders or helps God in His endeavor to bring in His kingdom and build up His Body to consummate this age and bring in His eternal kingdom, how much more will we desperately pray!
All God’s chosen people, all the saints in the church life, all believers in Christ, and all the genuine Christians need to grow in life unto maturity to be formed as God’s army to fight for His interest and defeat His enemy on the earth! Who will pray for this?
Becoming Males, those Strong in Spirit
In the aspect of fighting for God’s interest by being formed as God’s army, we need to be the males, those strong in the Lord, over 20 years old, mature in the divine life. Both brothers and sisters, in God’s eyes, need to be those strong in spirit and mature in life to be the males in God’s army.
Just as the brothers need to be the females in the divine romance, allowing our Husband to court us and woo us, so the sisters also need to be males in the spiritual realm to fight for God’s interest as part of God’s army.
Too many brothers are “females” in the aspect of the army, not being mature in life yet. We all need to grow and be strong in spirit, no longer being tossed away by waves of teaching in the slight of men (Eph. 4:14), but rather being those who intercede before God at the incense altar for growth in life unto maturity!
You cannot “make yourself grow in life”, but you can open to the Lord and learn to cooperate with Him by praying in spirit, at the incense altar, for God’s growth and increase in your being!
Lord Jesus, grow in us unto maturity for You to obtain an army. Lord, form the army today on earth to fight for Your interest and defeat Your enemy. Lord, raise up many saints who would pray at the incense altar for their growth in life and the for the growth in life unto maturity of all the saints! Gain many more mature ones! Lord, gain many more who are strong spiritually and are mature to fight for You as Your army!
References and Further Reading
- Sharing inspired from brother Benson’s sharing in the message and portions in, Life-study of Exodus (msgs. 149-152), 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: The Experience of Life (by Witness Lee, chapter 19).
- Hymns on this topic:
# Arise! the holy bargain strike— / The fragment for the whole— / All men and all events alike / Must serve the ransomed soul. / All things are yours when you are His, / And He and you are one; / A boundless life in Him there is, / And kingdom yet to come!
# Let Your life within me saturate, / Let Your life within me permeate. / May all Your fulness be expressed through me / And my being be conformed to Thee.
# “Amen, Jesus,” is our prayer / To the purging work, whate’er; / Now Thy church must desperate be / More the growth in life to see.
- Pictures source: with permission via, Inspiration Unlimited (Prayer and the Lord’s Move set).