November: Pray-er from the Past, Moses

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November: Pray-er from the Past, Moses

We continue our focus on Old Testament pray-ers and truths we can learn from their prayers.

Moses – Protected by God as an infant, trained to be a leader in the house of Pharaoh, and after being called by God to be the one to lead His children out of their captivity in Egypt, Moses became a mighty intercessor.  His powerful intercessions were more than a match for the murmurings of Israel.

What can we learn from the prayers of Moses?

  • True prayer is a two-way conversation (Exodus 3:11-14; Exodus 4:10-13) – ‘Moses said unto God  . . . God said unto Moses’.  When we talk to God in prayer, we should listen to hear His response.  Moses understood this as he and God had the conversation at the burning bush discussing how the children would know for sure that it was God who had sent him and then as he tried to get out of the job by arguing that he wasn’t qualified.  God will answer us if we’re willing to listen.  Our response should always be the same as young Samuel – ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’ (1 Samuel 3:10).
  • Obedience to trust God for results in spite of delays (Exodus 5-10) – God had sent Moses on a mission to bring His people out of captivity; however there was an obstacle (or a person) in the way – Pharoah.  Even though Moses continued to do as God told him in approaching Pharoah time and again to ‘let God’s people go’, there continued to be delays as Pharoah emphatically responded with ‘NO’.   Moses comes to God complaining in Exodus 5:22-23, asking God why He had sent him, because Pharaoh’s response each time made it harder on the children of Israel.  Moses had to learn that God had sent him to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt – God just didn’t tell him when it would happen.  As we are obedient, we should persist in prayer in spite of interruptions along the way.  As we are obedient to what God is telling us to do, our response should be as David reminds us in Psalms 27:14 – ‘Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord’.
  • There is power of prayer in the middle of the battle and in supporting each other in prayer (Exodus 17) – After leaving Egypt, Moses had to deal with complaining Israelites and battles with the enemies of God.  Moses understood that the weaponless hand of prayer was more powerful than armies or complaining Israelites.  While Joshua physically fought the enemy at Rephidim, Moses fought the enemy with his hands lifted up to God in prayer.  As long as his hands were raised, Joshua was winning the battle; but when he would get tired and drop his hands (no longer praying), the enemy would start winning.  As others saw the effects of prayer on the battle (hands raised to God), Aaron and Hur joined in the effort and lifted up Moses hands for him resulting in victory for Israel.  As we face battles against the Enemy, our response should be as Paul shares in Ephesians 6:10-18 to ‘stand’ in the full armour of God and persevere in prayer as we support and hold each other up ‘praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit for all believers’.
  • Being in God’s presence brings change (Exodus 34) – Moses continued to pray to God on behalf of the children of Israel, asking God to spare them.  When the Israelites sinned against God, Moses would remind God of His promises to bring them to the ‘promised land’, to be with them on the journey, and to make them a great nation.  BUT it was when He had come down from Mount Sinai with the tables of commandments written by the hand of God and being in God’s presence that Moses’ face shone with the glory of God.  Without Moses saying a word, it was obvious to the children of Israel that Moses has been with God.   As we spend more time in God’s presence, other’s will see the evidence of the glory of God in our lives.  Jesus tells us today just as He shared with the people during His sermon on the mount that we are to ‘let our light so shine before men that they will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven’ (Matthew 5:16).  May the Light of God shining from us in a dark world become increasingly brighter as we spend more time in His presence – communicating with Him as we humbly with repentance, and with hearts open to hear His voice, enter His Holy presence with praise, adoration and thanksgiving (Psalms 100).

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations
.’

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Monthly focus for December 2013:  Pray-ers from the Past: Joshua
Monthly focus for January 2014: Pray-ers from the Past: Hannah
Monthly focus for February 2014: Pray-ers from the Past: Elijah               
Monthly focus for March 2014: Pray-ers from the Past: David
Monthly focus for April 2014: Pray-ers from the Past: Solomon
Monthly focus for May 2014: Pray-ers from the Past: Nehemiah
Monthly focus for June 2014: Pray-ers from the Past: Job
Monthly focus for July 2014: Pray-ers from the Past: Daniel
Monthly focus for August 2014: Pray-ers from the Past: Jonah
Monthly focus for September 2014: Pray-ers from the Past: Habakkuk

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