Numbers 16:45-48 Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And Moses and Aaron fell on their faces.
46. And Moses said to Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire in it from off the altar, and lay incense on it, and carry it quickly to the congregation, and make atonement for them; for there is wrath gone out from the Lord; the plague has begun!
47. So Aaron took the burning censer as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and behold, the plague was begun among the people; and he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.
48. And he stood between the dead and the living; the plague was stayed. Amp.
There was a Levite named Korah who gathered 250 men against Moses and Aaron. The Lord caused the earth to split apart and swallowed them and all that belonged to them. The next day the whole congregation murmured against Moses and Aaron also. What was the Lord’s reaction?
He said, “Get away from them that I may consume them in a moment.” The Lord gave Jacob the promise, “I will bless those who bless thee, and curse those who curse thee.”(Gen. 27:29) What about the curses, does he mean what He says? We know that He does.
What did He say to Paul on the road to Damascus? He said, “Why are you persecuting Me?” It is so very important not to even murmur and complain about God’s people. Those who died in the plague were 14,700 besides those who died in the matter of Korah (verse 49).
Why would Moses tell Aaron to use the burning censer to stop the plague? Are not we faced with the same situation today?
This is before the 7 Trumpets:
Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood over the altar. He had a golden censer, and he was given very much incense, that he might mingle it with the prayers of all the people of God (the saints) upon the altar of gold before the throne.
This is the same situation that Moses had. There are so many people and situations in the body of Christ to pray for. His wrath is beginning in this verse, but first He allows the prayers of the saints to make a difference in the outcome.
This is a type of priest going into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the people. There was a sin offering of blood. There was a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the bronze altar. He had to take two hands full of incense before the Lord that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat, lest he die. Lev. 16:12-14. This was of course in the Old Testament before Jesus made atonement for the sins of all mankind.
In the last days He is still looking for His holy remnant to make intercession for those that are out of His will and in danger of being shut out when His plagues start to fall.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and really believing, you will receive. Is He not giving us a great opportunity?
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. KJV
We will never know until eternity shows us, what our prayers might have accomplished. What we do know is that His House is a House of Prayer. Without prayer you will be without strength. Prayer opens the door to a relationship with the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. He would not have kept saying watch and pray if it were not vital to our well being.
I think the main work of prayer in our lives is to get our eyes off of ourselves, and on others and their needs. It creates love for others. You simply cannot pray for someone very long, before you love them. Just open your eyes and see the great needs around you. It will fill up your life and keep you closer to Jesus.
SUBJECT — PRAYER — SPURGEON
Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. So we must addict ourselves to prayer.