The first ten verses of this chapter is missing in the Samaritan Torah. That Torah is an ancient text fairly similar to the Masoretic text that our Bible is based, but were used by the Samaritans who had no dealings with the Jews. The verses are inserted instead to the bottom of Exodus 26:32. Would it be that this altar of incense which represents prayers of the saints missing its place , is still missing its place in the overall worship of God? Its possible to go through other procedures and leave out prayers, or fix it as an appendage of worship. What place does prayers occupy in your daily activities? Thank God in this text, prayers from the altar takes centre stage in the first ten verses. The altar of incense provided a sweet aroma in the midst of constant sacrifices. Pulpit says it ”signifies the mounting up to heaven of the graceful odour of man’s earnest and heartfelt prayers”. This altar was by the ark , in front of the mercy seat in the holy place. Would that closeness indicate Gods attentiveness to our prayers? The real problem of prayers is that we want answers to what we’ve not prayed about. Would you take a little time from the daily bustle and talk to God today? He’s been waiting to hear you from the mercy seat. Leonard Ravenhill says that prayers is the most unexplored area of the Christian life. Let’s change the narrative in our time.
And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. Exodus 30:1 KJV