TODAY IN HIS WORD COMES FROM
(Ex 32:30-32 ESV)
The next day Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin.
And now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”
So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin.
They have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if you will forgive their sin—
but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.”
THOUGHT TO PONDER:
My friend have you ever loved someone or cared enough for someone that you were literally willing to lay yourself down for them in prayer? Have you ever gone before God and said, "Lord, here is my name for his." Have you ever spent earnest time in prayer lifting a person -- or their needs-- up above your own and stood in the gap for them? Moses did, and he set an example for us to follow.
TODAY’S INSIGHT INTO HIS WORD:
Do you know what it truly means to intercede for someone in prayer? It isn't just a, "Oh sure I will pray for you..." and then spend a whole minute in prayer for them. Interceding means to actually take time out of your schedule and lay down your own agenda to go before the throne of Grace and hold them up before God until battles are won, mountains are moved, blessings are set, and a difference is made.
Many people don't like to think of interceding in prayer, because to do so means to take time away from your own things, or not praying for your own needs but another person's instead. To intercede means to be willing to go in -- and go the distance-- in "blood, sweat, and tears" for someone else. And sometimes that is a hard thing to do. But that is exactly what Moses did for the people of Israel. Not just one time either, but several times. He placed himself between them and God and prayed on their behalf. Did they deserve it? I guess it would depend on how you look at it... a lot of them were ungrateful, and didn't even realize what he was going through on their behalf. So you could say no they didn't deserve it. However, Moses did it anyway. But another way of looking at it, was that most of the people didn't realize truly what all was at stake, and that it was an eternity that Moses was laying down and fighting for, and they did deserve that.
I read once that Billy Graham had said one of the things that made his ministry so strong was the people behind the scene that were praying for him during his sermons. I know that several times when someone I care about was about to face a difficult situation; or was doing something that was extremely important, I would go in the other room for a bit and pray for them, and then during the whole time they were speaking, while I was sitting there, I would mentally be praying-- lifting them up so that they could share God's message to others. There have been times that friends will call and tell me of a meeting they would be in, and ask to keep them in prayer during that time... and I have. Did it make a difference? Only time will tell, and only God knows.
This is the same thing Moses did for Joshua in Exodus 17 when the Amalekites came to battle the Israelites. God said to go into battle. So young Joshua led the fight on the battlefield-- but Moses was up on the hill with his arms raised high interceding to God on behalf of His people. Don't think Moses had the easy part. He was fighting every bit as much as the people below. His, however, was a Spiritual battle. It takes strength and stamina to keep your arms raised high in praise, worship and prayer for a long period of time. And because of the circumstances, I don't think Moses' prayers were quietly and lovingly spoken. I think he must have been very strong verbally and in spirit as he came before the Lord.
It is said that as long as Joshua could see Moses' arms up in prayer, there was victory. Read with me:
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands." So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven." Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, "For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord. The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation" Ex 17:8-16 (NIV).
I believe it must have given Joshua the courage and determination he needed while he was fighting to be able to look up and see Moses still there on his behalf. As long as he could see that Moses hadn't quit, he could keep going. In essence-- you could say that Joshua was keeping his focus on God-- because he would look up, and he could see Moses' arms raised high, and Joshua knew God was with them. And my friend, when you are confident that God is with you in your battle, that He is fighting for you, then you can be assured that victory will be given, no matter how fierce the battle may seem. When God is with you, that is truly all you need.
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
that can succeed against the LORD.
The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the LORD.
(Proverbs 21:30-31 NIV)
PRAYING IN FAITH:
Father God, what a wonderful and mighty God You are. Lord, I praise You for being all-powerful and that nothing comes to us, without going through You first. Lord, I lift this reader up to You and ask You to be their shield. Lord, I ask You to go before them and clear the path for them. Lord, I pray they will feel your presence today like never before. And I ask that You fill them with peace and certainty as they face whatever battle they may be in. Lord, I ask You to guide their steps, and bring them to the place You have for them. Lord, help them to stay focused on You, knowing that You fight for them. Lord, I praise You for this day You have given us. And I praise You and thank You for the Victory we have through Your Holy Spirit. Lord, I pray that this reader will be able to look forward, not to the left or to the right-- but UP and declare with strength in voice, "I come in the Name of Jesus."
In Christ Jesus Name,
~ My friend, please know that I care. Look up and know that I still have my arms raised up for you. Please know that I stand and gladly intercede for you-- know that I pray for you. Go out and take "the land" God is giving you. Be victorious because God is with you.