We need time with the Lord every day in order to live victorious lives and enjoy His grace in difficult circumstances. Communion with God must be the cornerstone of our lives otherwise our emotional and spiritual well runs dry. We need time with God for our fears to be calmed, our wounds to be healed, and our perspectives to be in line with His. When communion with God stops, our faith level drops and we start listening to the lies of the enemy. Discouragement takes hold of our hearts, and passion for Jesus dwindles.
With the stress and pressure that goes on in our lives, we need consistency in our times with the Lord. There are certain aspects of our relationship with God that never change, though change takes place around us.
The Lord’s Prayer is one simple model that can help us have that consistency. This prayer model is easy to follow at any time of the day - while you are driving to work or going for a walk - yet it is rich in substance, taking you ever deeper into God’s heart.
The Tabernacle model teaches us how the people of Israel were to relate to God. God gave Moses the design for the tabernacle in Exodus 25 – 31. I encourage you to get a diagram of the Tabernacle from your Bible or borrow one from a friend who has a study Bible so you can visualize it.
Each station of the tabernacle was important to the people of God in those days, and though the symbol has changed, the meaning is still the same for us.
The Tabernacle Model of Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer are linked in that they both describe essential ingredients of our walk with the Lord:
Adoration - Our Father in heaven - Altar of Incense
Consecration - Holy be Your name - Altar of Sacrifice/Burnt Offerings
Intercession - Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven - Mercy Seat/Ark of the Covenant
Infilling & personal supplication - Give us this day our daily bread - Table of Showbread & Golden Lampstand
Cleansing & forgiveness - Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us - Bronze Laver
Spiritual warfare - Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one - Outer Court
Worship & declaration - For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever! - Altar of Incense
The seven elements of the Tabernacle are as follows:
Altar of Sacrifice - The Altar of Sacrifice was where burnt offerings and sacrifices were offered to God for the sins of the people. Jesus is our sacrifice. It is vital that we “die daily” to sin, i.e., confess our sins each day and receive God’s forgiveness. Paul says in Romans 6:11 that we should consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God because of Jesus’ death for us. It is a powerful thing to daily confess our sins and sorrows, and then receive His forgiveness and grace. See Galatians 5:24, Philippians 1:21, Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:6, 2 Corinthians 1:9
Bronze Laver - The bronze laver in the tabernacle was the place of cleansing. It was a bowl that contained water for cleansing. The bronze laver symbolized the need of the priests to be clean from sin as they came into the presence of God. We have an invitation from God: we can receive washing of our minds and hearts each day if we simply ask and receive by faith. John 13:6ff, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:26
Golden Lampstand - On the Golden Lampstand stood a candlestick, or menorah. The Lampstand provided light for the priests as they entered the “holy place.” It symbolizes the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide us as we live our lives each day in the “holy place” of our work and family life. It also represents Jesus, the light of the world. This part of the tabernacle reminds us to be filled with the Spirit. We need to consciously ask for and receive the fullness of the Spirit every day: God invites us to ask for the fruit and the power of the Spirit of God each day, and to ask Him to give us wisdom for the decisions we must make. Ephesians 5:18, Acts 4:8, 31, 9:17, Acts 5:32
Table of Showbread - The Showbread symbolized that God sustained the people of Israel. Each week twelve fresh loaves of bread were placed on a table in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. In the same way, we are sustained by the word of God. It is bread to our souls. We need the word of God, both written and spoken, to feed our hearts and keep us alive spiritually. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that precedes from the mouth of God.” Deuteronomy 8:3, Psalm 119:9-11, Romans 12:2. Acts 4:31, 13:5, Romans 10:17, 2 Corinthians 2:17, 4:2, Ephesians 6:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 4:12
Altar of Incense - The Altar of Incense was symbolical of worship. Jesus longs to receive our worship by the choices we make, the thoughts we think, and the words of praise we offer Him in adoration. Our lives are to be incense to the Lord (2 Corinthians 2:14). He never grows tired of our worship. Worship allows intimacy to grow between the Lord and us. It is the love language of the heart. Genesis 22:5, Deuteronomy 11:16, Psalm 67:1-4, Psalm 86:9, John 4:21-24, Romans 12:1, Revelation 5:9-10,
Mercy Seat – Ark of the Covenant - The mercy seat was the lid that went over the ark, where the stone tablets of the law were contained. The priests sprinkled the blood of sacrificed animals on the mercy seat. The mercy seat symbolizes the mercy of God that covers our lives – and it represents God’s invitation to us to offer prayers and intercessions for others. An intercessor stands before God and asks for His mercy to be given on behalf of other people. Such an invitation should not be ignored or turned down! Acts 6:4, 12:5, Romans 12:12, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, James 5:15, Mark 11:24, 13:33, 14:38, 1 Thessalonians 5:25,
Outer Court - After the priest ministered to the Lord on behalf of the people, he went to the outer court of the tabernacle and ministered to the people on behalf of the Lord. When we marry our passions for life with our calling to tell others about Jesus, our worlds come together. We don’t have to live fragmented lives. As followers of Jesus, we are commissioned to go into the world on His behalf. We each have a sphere of influence that God gives us to tell people about Jesus. When this happens, we find deep fulfillment and the satisfaction of living whole-heartedly for God. Genesis 1:28, 12:1-3, Psalm 67:1-4, Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20