The Place of an Altar
I can easily lose track of where I am and where I am going in the midst of daily life. Many days, I need a go-to place for a reminder of the vision and calling God has given me.
I’m sure I’m not alone.
Scripture tells us that Abraham, the man of great faith, needed to be reminded of the call God had given him.
Abram had journeyed to Egypt where he lied to Pharoah, telling him Sarai was his sister rather than his wife. Consequently, they were escorted away from Egypt. What was Abram’s next step when the plan had failed?
Abram went on his journeys “to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly, and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.” Genesis 13:4
Abram had built an altar, a place of worship, previously where he could return as a reminder to call on the name of the Lord.
I too need a place of an altar, a place intentionally built, to remind myself to cry out to Jesus.
What is this place of an altar?
- A place of intent – I set a timer for various points throughout my day.
- A place of quiet – I still my heart, just for a moment, so I can listen to His voice.
- A place of worship – I turn on some worship music.
- A place of sacrifice – I surrender my expectations of the day.
- A place of reminder – I cry out to Jesus and ask for His help.
When we are not sure of the next step, we need a place to remind us to call on the name of Jesus and ask Him where to go. He guided Abram, and He will guide us too.
How can you create a place of an altar for yourself today?
Linking up at Five Minute Friday: Place
August 11, 2017 at 10:57 am
Wonderful post– I love your “place of an altar”. My husband and I read from the Psalms and pray each morning and this time sets our day on a good path.
August 12, 2017 at 10:21 am
A perfect start to every day!
August 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm
I really like the direction you took this prompt. It is really important to have a place to go, or a routine established that reminds us to be intentional about focussing on God and praying to him. Visiting from FMF #49.
August 12, 2017 at 10:22 am
Thanks for stopping by!
August 11, 2017 at 10:38 pm
I love the altar of sacrifice, where you give up your hopes for God’s. I think mine would be that one too. Probably with quiet mixed in and being in nature to help me remember my smallness. Thanks for this! I’m in the spot right after you.
August 12, 2017 at 10:23 am
Nature and quiet help me refocus my perspective, too.
August 14, 2017 at 12:31 am
Aimee, this is really profound and nuanced…I never thought of the necessity of an altar in my life, but your words have given me pause.
#1 at FMF this week.
August 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm
The idea of setting a timer for various times throughout the day – just to pause, be still, and refocus. Brilliant! I am going to try that!