Are we afraid of the altar?


Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Acts 1:14

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.


We are called to gather in his name and draw support off of each other, praying together and bearing each other’s burdens.


Are we afraid of the altar? Or rather am I?

It is so easy when everything in your life seems to be falling down around you to seek the comfort of prayer in private, but not so easy to seek it in public. We go to church or other gatherings with people we call dear friends but never let them see past the mask of happiness that we put on. Sometimes our hearts are deeply troubled and we act like nothing is going on to keep up the facade of happy go lucky us.

We are called to bear each other’s burdens and lift each other up in prayer. But how can we do that if we don’t tell each other our burdens. Are we a society that has become afraid of public vulnerability?

Every Sunday my Pastor calls for a lift of hand for an unspoken prayer request. Many times I am so afraid to even lift my hand. Afraid that someone might notice that my heart aches. I sit in the pew with the Spirit telling me to go fall on my knees at the altar. But again I’m afraid because someone might think something is wrong. Well wake-up call there is something wrong!!!!

I have coffee with a wonderful group of Christian women every Thursday. I feel blessed to have this group of dear friends, but even to many of them I’m afraid to be vulnerable and appear weak.

I am really good a bearing others burdens and lifting them up in prayer but I can’t seem to let others do the same for me. I have too much pride! Often this leads me to continue to sink in the quick sand but have a smile on my face and hope that no one is noticing. Well hello! People notice!

What is it with us? (I’m going out on a limb and assuming that I’m not the only one!) Why can’t we just be honest with one another and grow off of each other. Why is it so hard for us to ask for prayer? We don’t have to spill all the juicy details, just ask for prayer!

Well today I vow to be different! I’m taking off my mask of “I’m fine” or “I’m doing great, how about you?” that we often put on when we meet each other and saying “Please lift me up in your prayers today!” I also pray that you are willing to do the same. People want to see the real you (me) anyway. Let’s unite in our vulnerability and truly be honest with each other! Let us do as we are commanded and join together in constant prayer for each other. Go ahead and let your hair down. Be who you really are flaws and all!

Lord thank you for your word and how it speaks to our souls. Thank you for answered prayer. I lift all of my needs to you and pray that I will find the strength to let my pride go. I pray that we will learn to lean on each other as you intended. I pray that we can unite and lift each other up to you. Amen

4 thoughts on “Are we afraid of the altar?

  1. Oh Emmalee…I could have written all of this myself! I love you, and am lifting you up in prayer right now! I hope you always feel safe in talking with me! God wants us to come to him, in our brokeness…he loves to cover us with his feathers!

    • Karrie,
      You are one of my dearest and most trusted friends. Thank you for always being there for me to cry on and laugh with. Thank you for lifting me up in prayer and know that I continue to lift you up also!

  2. I feel so humbled and blessed to read this Emmalee, and boy it sure is so true! It is so easy for us (ME TOO HELLO), as Christians to want to seem that things are ‘fine’ when they are not. It is a lie that satan wants us to believe that we can keep it all to ourselves, and ‘deal with it’, and that if we show any sign of not being less than ‘doing great’, that we may appear weak or like we ‘don’t have it all together. What a bunch of JUNK the enemy gives us! He knows that when we bear one another’s burdens and go before God in prayer,that his ‘power’ is GONE, and peace and healing can begin!! 🙂 I thank you so much for writing this, what a fresh breath of air!
    Love it, LOVE IT!! When we are weak, then He can make us strong! I wish that the alters would be flooded every week with those needing to unload burdens, what a strength, help and encouragement that would be! But that pride, and boy I am so familiar with it, can be a hindrance. Reading your blog gives me a ton of encouragement! I am so thankful for the sisters in Christ that are for real, and caring and passionate about going after God, no matter who is looking or what is going on! \o/ \o/ \o/ <-----Praise Team 🙂

    • Stephanie,
      You are so right! Satan use pride and fear to deter us from letting it all out. We need to recognize that it is the enemy holding us down. He knows that when we release our burdens we are free again to do Christs work!

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