Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Make Me Willing – The Purpose of Altars


(I am reposting a blog I wrote last January. I love the powerful words of the Christian martyr quoted near the end.)

When I sat down today to write my blog, I thought it would be about Christian homes and how they are altars to the Lord.

I felt like the Lord had spoken that word to me as I read about Elijah in I Kings building his one lonesome altar to God in the midst of the four hundred built to Baal.

Elijah was feeling pretty put upon. He had done mighty things on God’s behalf and as a result he was pooped. He ran away, hid in a cave and fell into depression. God ministered to His servant, Elijah, with rest and food. Then Elijah was ready to go again.

Revived, he got into a competition with the prophets of Baal, but when you are on God’s team your victory is secure even if the odds are against you. Elijah and our God humiliated the prophets of the false god Baal.

During my reading, I heard Him say, “Christian homes are an altar to Me.”

So today I planned to write something about the Christian home I grew up in and how when I was there I was renewed and revived so I could face the world and how that’s the kind of home my husband and I aimed at establishing.

I was going to explain what a blessing the Christian homes of our daughters are and how proud I am of them, and then suggest we pray for Christian homes to be protected and empowered as an offering to our mighty God.

I even Googled, “the purpose of an altar” and that’s when I realized altars are places of slaughter. You build an altar in order to make a sacrifice. If our homes are altars then where’s the sacrifice? Maybe our lives? Maybe our children? Maybe some of our aspirations?

I was feeling a little less adamant about my topic since obviously an altar was a place of great commitment, and that’s when I found the following:

Taken from a note found on the desk of an African Martyr.
“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit power.
The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been
made – I’m a disciple of His.

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back
away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.

I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth
knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving and
dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or
popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised,
regarded, or rewarded.

I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by
patience, am uplifted by prayer and I labor with power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my
way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back,
deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate
in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander
in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed
up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus.
I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work
until He stops me.

And, when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me…my banner will be clear.

This was written by a martyr – a human sacrifice. Am I willing to make my home an altar for the sacrifices I may be asked to make?

In her journal, Mother wrote, “A person’s willingness to know and practice God’s word will have a direct effect on how God uses his/her life.”

Lord, make me willing.

Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

2 thoughts on “Make Me Willing – The Purpose of Altars

  1. Wow. That is the power of our Father in that person… There’s an example I need to think about when I whine about pathetic little things that don’t add up to nothin’. That’ll put us in our proper place. Thanks for sharing this, even if my nose is bleeding.


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