“So he said he would destroy them – had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.” Psalm 106:23.
“BUT Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.” Psalm 106:30.
God accepted the preventative actions of Moses and Phinehas.
In the case of Moses, God was going to eliminate the Israelites entirely. With Phinehas, God had started a plague going through their camp which had killed thousands.
BUT both men stepped up and sought to dissuade God from continuing what He was doing.
And in both examples the intended, and well deserved, outcome was averted.
This was individuals interceding with God regarding monstrous matters. This wasn’t a, “Take care of my family,” type of action. This was a, “Save the Israelites from what they deserve,” prayer.
In the case of Phinehas, he took physical action. He actively entered the fray in word (prayer) and deed.
I must never minimize my connection to God. He hears me. He knows what’s going on. I believe, based on these two stories, that He is looking for folks to stand in the gap for things both small as well as big. How dare I under-estimate what He can do by not even asking Him to intervene in big things!
I must be willing to take action in His Name no matter what that involves. Am I willing to rightly represent Him?
“Lord, these are great stories to be encouraged by. I need to be unlimited in my requests to You. I cannot limit You in the dimensions of my praying. Your capacities are beyond my imagination. You are the great God. All praise and honor to You.”
Don’t limit God to the small stuff. His influence is unlimited.