38. Pray with power and victory

Last week we learned that the altar of incense represented the prayers of the people of God. It was in front of the entrance of the Most Holy Place. And this represents that our prayers bring us into the Most Holy Place. And with Jesus' death the curtain was torn. Thus through Him we can gain access into the Throne room!

Now what is interesting to note is that the altar had four horns on the corners of the altar. The Bible has some interesting things to say about horns. So let us have a look at it.

We see that horns were blown in the Israeli victory over Jericho:

"And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets." Joshua 6:4

Thus it is safe to say that the blowing of a horn represents victory.  A horn also represents power:

"His glory is like a firstborn bull, and his horns like the horns of the wild ox; together with them He shall push the peoples to the ends of the earth." Deuteronomy 33:17

This power display is also presented in Revelation 13 where the beast coming out of the sea had ten horns. These ten horns represent the world powers dominant at that stage of world history. Also in Zechariah 1:18,19 horns represent nations who had power to destroy:

"Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were four horns. And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these?" So he answered me, "These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem."

Thus horns represent power and kingdoms and God's victory being proclaimed. There were four. There are a number of things in creation that is four, namely the seasons, the regions of the earth (north, west, south and east), the earthly elements (earth, air, fire and water) and so forth. And according to the book "Hearing God: Numbers Dictionary" the number four is also used in prophetic visions and can therefore also refer to the spiritual relationship that we have with God.

All in all I think the horns along with the incense burning means that there are power and victory over all the nations of the earth, in all directions through our prayers. Our prayers also strengthen our spiritual relationship with God.

Now if this is true (and it is), why is prayer the one thing that we neglect the most? Why do we rush when we pray before eating and simply say a rhyme we learned years ago? Why do we fall asleep while praying before we go to bed at night? Why do we battle to make time for prayer? But there is always time for social, sport and television. If this tool is so powerful and will provide victory to us, why do we disregard the importance of it?

It is because the devil knows how powerful we will become. It is because he wants to distract us in any way possible, with even good things, that we won't have time for what is truly important. He is sly and will make you think that you are praying against the ceiling of your house and that your prayers amount to nothing. We need to shun him and shut him out of our lives. We need to close the door in his face and open the door to God's Spirit. We need to make time for what is truly important. I read in a book once that it would be an insult to God if He were to answer our half-hearted prayers. And this really hit me as I thought of how I prayed about certain things. If I didn't see the manifestation immediately I stopped praying and thought that His answer might be no. But I never really continued and put my heart and soul into it. Since I started to really truthfully and sincerely pray about things, I have seen a massive difference. It truly is worth the fight.

Make a dedicated decision today to really start praying with your heart and soul and to search for God in all things. Power and victory won't be left behind.

Father, we are sorry that we neglect praying and spending time with You. We are sorry that other things become too important. You are so wonderful and we declare that we want to stop rushing around and that we want to place You first in all things. We love You dearly! Amen




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