“I lay prostrate before the Lord those forty days and forty nights because the Lord had said he would destroy you. I prayed to the Lord and said, ‘Sovereign Lord, do not destroy your people, your own inheritance that you redeemed by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.’” Deuteronomy 9:25-26.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Deuteronomy 7-9, and Mark 15.
God was angry with the Israelites and told Moses that He was going to destroy them.
Moses had plenty of reasons to be angry with the Israelites as well and it might have been expected that he would go along with God on this one. But he didn’t.
Moses pleaded with God while stretched out for a long time before Him.
And God agreed with the request of Moses and the Israelites were spared.
Think of what the Israelites were doing that angered God: They were worshiping a calf made of gold.
God is angered by competition. There are no other gods but Him. The Israelites, however, rejected God and went for a god of their own creating. Isn’t that often what we do. “Things” become more important to us than God. “I am Yours, Lord but I have to have, or do, this.” Our relationship to Him is lessened by our relationship to other things.
Moses stepped in on behalf of a people distracted by other gods. We must, first, be sure that other gods have no place in our lives. Secondly, we must intercede for the wayward in our midst that God would spare them.
Moses gives us a wonderful example of intercessory prayer. God hears our prayers. Will we follow the lead of Moses and intercede for others?
“Lord, forgive me for letting other gods invade my way of life. Nothing is more important that my relationship to You. Forgive me for slacking off about interceding for others. There are so many needs BUT none of them are beyond Your Reach. Help me to pray with that in mind. You are simply amazing, Father.”
Are you covering anyone in prayer? Moses sets a wonderful example of how it is done.