Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22 (additional reading Psalm 69:19-36 and Proverbs 12:2-3)
A few years ago I read an article entitled ‘“ when Buffet speaks, the economy listens”. Some people have such a great influence that when they speak other people listen. This became the case with Moses, his influence was great and long lasting. Yet, above all his accomplishments and credentials the thing which sticks out the most to me was that Moses was a man of prayer. Today in Deuteronomy 9:16-9:26 we see Moses sharing with the people how God has answered his prayers.
When the Israelites complained about the Manna that the Lord had given them the Lord sent fire that destroyed the outskirts of their camp, Moses prayed and the fire stopped. When the Israelites asked the Lord for a leader to lead them back to Egypt the Lord got angry and was going to strike down the Israelites, Moses fell down before the Lord and prayed and God relented. When the snakes were biting and killing the Israelites Moses prayed and the Lord made way for them to be healed. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai and the Israelites were worshipping a golden calf the Lord became angry and said he would start over with just Moses, Moses prayed and the Lord changed His mind. When Moses prayed God listened.
Too often we can be distracted trying to increase our influence with others. We try to get other to do, what we want to do. We can invest so much time into trying to get other people to listen to us, that we forget to listen to God. Moses had his priorities correct, he kept God in the first place. What made God say yes to Moses’ prayers so often? God listened to Moses because Moses first listened to God. (James 5:16 & 1 Peter 3:12). We all want our prayers to be heard and answered by God in the way in which Moses’ were. The truth is we can have our prayers answered in that way, and we can have that type of free and open communication with God.
It is not a case of trying to influence God with our prayers but allowing God to influence our prayer life. Humility is something we find hard, but the Bible teaches plainly the importance of humility in prayers. We live in a world which teaches us that it is every man for himself, that more is better and that those that have more are smarter. Truth is those who allow God to lead are smarter. If we want our prayers answered, we simply need to let Him lead.
- How can you tune your heart to God’s will?
- How can you take praying for others more seriously?
Father, Thank You for the privilege of prayer. Thank You that you listen to us and answer our prayers. Thank You for change our lives and helping us to understand Your will. Help us to always seek You in first place. In Jesus’ name, Amen.