Updated: Jun 2
An Altar is a portal through which the spirit realm intervenes in the physical realm.
Do you remember the story of Jacob and the ladder of Angels in Genesis?
Abraham built an altar at Bethel years before his grandson passed through. It was no coincidence that Jacob, his grandson encountered the supernatural at the same place his grandfather raised an altar to God. The truth is, Bethel already harbors the supernatural before Jacob had that sleep over.
The secret to making your home a perpetual source of God’s presence and blessings is raising an altar of prayer in your homes. When we do, our home becomes a conduit of God's blessings to your family and those around you.
So, in this post, I discussed 7 practical steps to building an altar of prayer in your home.
1- Find a prayer spot in your home.
Luke 5:16. As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.
A prayer could be said at anytime and anywhere. However, fervent prayer often mandates the need to withdraw from the typical hustle and bustle of a busy life in-to a quiet spot (be it physical or in the mind). So, find a space in your home and shut its door to everything else but prayer.
2- Adorn your prayer spot with scriptures.
Hebrew 4:12. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
God’s word is a powerful tool for offense. The word of God encourages us in the place of prayer.
Also, pray the scriptures and you will never pray amiss.
3- Dedicate your prayer spot to prayer and just prayer, nothing else.
Matthew 21:13. My house was designated a house of prayer…
God inhabits a home where a prayer altar is raised, and such home always becomes divine conduit. God’s glory is evident in and never departs from such home.
4- Pick your prayer time slot.
Genesis 3:8. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…
God sure can keep an appointment, that is what Genesis 3:8 hints. God will always show up at your appointment if you create one for him in your day. It is true you can pray to God anytime but picking and sticking to a particular time slot or range to spend alone with God will make you consistent in prayer.
God will always show up at your appointment if you create one for him in your day.
5- Be consistent in prayer.
1 Thessalonian 5: 17. Pray continually.
Consistency attracts divine presence. If you want more divine presence in your home, bring in consistency in the place of prayer.
Consistency attracts divine presence.
6- Encourage family members to use your prayer spot.
Matthew 18:19. "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
When the whole family including children starts to learn to pray, the enemy loses his hold on such a home and God’s presence picks up residence.
7- Occasionally, call a fast.
Joel 1:14. Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. Bring the leaders and all the people of the land into the Temple of the LORD your God and cry out to him there.
Add a fast to spice up your prayer times.
Fasting is known to be a powerful consecration tool, it is also proven to be of good benefit to your health.
In summary, this post is not so much about building a physical prayer altar (even though it addresses that), it is that after consistently going through the steps highlighted in the post, you and your household would have set yourselves on the path to being built up as a spiritual prayer altar upon which acceptable sacrifices of prayer is offered to God.
I peter 2: 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
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