“But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. ‘O Lord,’ he said, ‘why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should he Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants al this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever. Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.” (Exodus32:11-14)
Intercessory prayer is effective. Abram expressed his deepest concerns to God, resulting in a relationship of faith. Prayer is genuine dialogue concerning life’s biggest problems. Moses based his prayer on God’s faithfulness to the covenant He had made.
God relented (Hebrew niham, “be sorry, have compassion”) from the disaster (Hebrew ra’ah, “evil”) He had announced. Prayer shows God the attitude and faith of the person praying and leads Him to act in accordance with His righteous will.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Moses sought out Your compassion and forgiveness for Your people, by not asking you directly to forgive them; rather he asked Your several questions on why You would punish those You claimed as Your people. Abba, we are not perfect in any way; indeed, we are far from the actions You so desire from Your people. In Your mercy and compassion and forgiving way, You changed Your mind to give us Your grace. Your people didn’t deserve it then nor do we often deserve it now, but You love us enough, to help us to get better every day, to be the kind of people You know we can be. In Jesus’ name, we pray that You continue to guide us in the ways of righteous living, that we become the people You want us to be. Let our efforts honor You always. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“A wise child hears their Father’s instruction.”
“After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your filly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. ” (Job42:7–10)
Job was a man of prayer, even taking his anger, uncertainty, doubt, hopelessness, and frustrations go God. A person faithful in prayer in all situations can make strong intercession for others. Clear?
“Prayer, Intercession”: (Jeremiah14:19–15:9)
Jeremiah called on the honor of God’s name and appealed to His covenant faithfulness. He confessed the sin of the nation and testified to God as the only true God and source of hope. He said the right things in the right attitude and still got no for an answer. God’s mightiest prayer warriors could not have changed God’s mind in that situation.
Second Thought of the Day:
“But I tell you: ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.’ If you ‘If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’” (Matthew5:43–48)
The Greek word teleios, “perfect,” refers to maturity and completeness rather than to a gradually achieved moral perfection. Jesus expects us to relate to one another in “agape love” as God relates to us. This is unselfish, enduring devotion. God calls us to related to all people, even enemies in this mature way. Only then, beloved, will we see God’s love in us.
Intercessions for all, our friends and enemies is important prayers for those of us whom claim the title of Christian. You see, prayer is agreement with God and must be in agreement with His character. To refuse to forgive is to violate God’s claim that vengeance is His alone!