“I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”
But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. (Exodus 32:9-14)
Yesterday, we examined a prayer of Jesus and saw how much the prayer is the product of love. Today we will examine the prayer of Moses captured above. The background is that while Moses was meeting with God to get the Ten Commandments, the Children of Israel decided to make other gods, and Aaron made an idol in the shape of a calf. Of course, this act of idolatry angered God.
Please prayerfully consider this prayer of Moses and again pay special note to how love is demonstrated in the prayer.
Today’s Questions for comments:
- Put yourself in Moses’ shoes. Having first-hand knowledge of how God just dealt with the Egyptians, would you have talked to an angry God the way Moses did?
- Do you ever feel as if you are “wrestling” with God in prayer?
Be sure to dedicate quality time to prayer today.