SCRIPTURE TEXT: “But Moses tried to pacify the Lord his God. O Lord! he said why are so angry with Your own people whom You brought from the land of Egypt with such great power and such a strong hand?” — Exodus 32:11
Moses’ desperate plea for the people reveals that God responds to the prayers of the faithful. God allows those who trust Him to have a path in bringing people back into a right relationship with God.
God clearly desired to destroy the rebellious people. Yet Moses acting as a mediator between the Lord and the people urgently on their behalf in order to turn away God’s judgement and change His intention and change His people.
Because of Moses’ intense prayer the Lord had mercy on the people. Moses’ example emphasizes how God allows His servants to be co-workers with Him (1 Cor 3:9). He wants them to deliver His message and labor in prayer for people who are spiritually lost. In a way; God’s people are responsible for the lives of those who do not know God. The sincere prayers of a person who knows and obey God may even influence God’s desire to bring salvation instead of judgement.
Prayer does not cause to do things He does not want to do. Rather, prayer allows a person to stand in harmony and agreement with God’s highest desires. But prayer does change things because God will often respond or wait to respond, depending on how His people pray.
It is difficult to understand the mystery of how imperfect people can persuade Almighty God to change His course of action. Our God is not rigid or inconsiderate when it comes to the destiny of humankind. Instead, He is a personal God who delights in responding to the love, faith and prayers of His faithful people.
In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul was concerned for his fellow Jews and was even willing to be punished for them to be saved. How concerned are you for those who do not know Christ? Are you willing to sacrifice your time, money, energy, comfort and safety to see them come to faith in Christ?
PRAYER: “O Lord, fill us with the desire to intercede for others in times of difficulties.” Amen