The altar of incense or golden altar was an "altar of continual intercession," representing the prayers of God's people coming up before Him continually. The altar was made of acacia wood overlaid with pure gold and topped with a crown of gold. The holy fire was kept constantly burning with incense placed on it every morning and evening. The incense, prepared by divine direction, was very sacred and the person making any like it was cut off from among the Israelites.
The altar and the fragrant incense represent the work of Messiah. When Y'shua was preparing His followers for His separation from them, He assured them, "Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you" (John 16:23). It is Messiah's righteousness that makes our prayers accepted before the God.