Lev 6:8 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Lev 6:9 “Command Aaron and his sons, and this is what you should say, this is the law of the ascending offering. The ascending offering will be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire of the altar will be kept burning on it.
Lev 6:10 And the priest will put on his linen uniform and put his linen undergarment over his skin, and he will take up the ashes to which the fire has reduced the ascending offering on the altar and put them beside the altar.
Lev 6:11 Then he will take off his clothes and put on other clothes and carry the ashes outside the camp to a pure place.
Lev 6:12 The fire on the altar will be kept burning on it; it will not go out. The priest will burn wood on it every morning, and he will arrange the ascending offering on it and will burn on it the fat of the offerings for healthy relationships.
Lev 6:13 Fire will be kept burning on the altar continually; it will not go out.
The altar for the ascending offering was to keep burning continually. There had to be a substance being consumed by that fire on a perpetual basis. It represented the access to God which was available so that his people could worship him, and pray to him, and receive blessing from him. It would have been a serious mistake to let the fire die out. It would have essentially implied that Israel did not need God all the time.
Our prayer habits tell the world our assessment of the importance of our relationship with God. We should pray so regularly that those who know us recognise that we need God all the time.
LORD, teach us to pray perpetually — to show our dependence upon you.