Of all the personalities who engaged in prayer to the Lord in the Old Testament, it is doubtful that any can compare to Moses. In terms of prayer and communication with God, it was virtually his sole occupation. Is it ours?
1. RESPONDING TO GOD’S CALL:
God speaks, “Moses! Moses!”
Moses responds, “Here I am.”
Today: God speaks our name.
We answer, “Lord, are you talking to me?”
2. GOD GIVES A COMMAND:
God speaks, “Do not come any closer.”
Today: God says, “Go back to church!”
We say, “We’re too busy!
3. MOSES QUESTIONS:
Moses questions, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God answers, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM sent me to you! ‘”
Today: We question, “How can we fit God into our already crowded, overwhelmed life?”
God answers, “I AM GOD, I’ll work it out!!”
4. MOSES HAS CONCERNS:
Moses confesses, “I am not able to contend with the unbelief of the people and I am not eloquent.”
God answers, “I AM.”
Today: We confess, “Lord, I am not able to do this.”
God answers, “I AM.”
5. TIMING OF DIVINE INTERVENTION:
Moses doesn’t understand, “Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people?”
God answers, “Now you will see what I will do … and then you will know that I am the Lord your God … ”
Today: I don’t understand, “Lord, you’re asking me to lead Vacation Bible School? I can’t do that!”
God answers, “Say yes to me, and you will see what I will do … and then you will know that I am the Lord your God … ”
6. PRAYER-THEN ACTION:
God speaks, “Move on!”
Moses, steps out in faith.
Today: God speaks, “Get off the fence for good! Make a commitment! Serve only Me!”
Will we step out in faith?
7. CONTINUED DEPENDENCE ON GOD:
Moses cried to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people?”
God answers Moses because he drew near to God, and chose to pray.
God was ready to give up on Israel, “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.
“Moses is totally unselfish and becomes a true advocate and intercessor to influence the final outcome, and the Lord relented.
Today: We cry out to the Lord, “It’s hard to serve you when others around us don’t comprehend the spiritual things of God!”
God answers us because we drew near to God, and chose to pray.
God is ready to turn every soul 180 degrees around, to draw them closer, and turn stony hearts to flesh.
We must be totally unselfish, obey the vision given to reposition ourselves to become a true advocate and intercessor to influence the final outcome of every soul.
9. GOD MUST GO WITH US:
God speaks, “I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.”
Moses answers, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here … ”
Today: God speaks, “I will relocate you and your family.”
We must answer, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us there. Our heart’s desire is that we can serve you there!”
10. PERSONAL REVELATION FOR THE INTERCESSOR:
Moses makes a bold plea, “Now show me your glory.”
God answers, “Yes Moses .. .I will enlarge your vision and your faith.”
Today: We make a bold plea, “Lord, I have always wanted to write (sing, dance, teach, play an instrument, etc.). Give me a ministry for you with my passion! Give me your blessings!”
God answers, “Yes, I will enlarge your vision and your faith and increase your territory of influence for Me and the spreading of My Gospel.”
Prayer and communication with God allowed Moses to desire to see God’s glory…and it will do the same for us today!