Moses the Prayer Warrior
Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you. Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you. (Deuteronomy 9:24-25)
WHEN I WAS TEN YEARS OLD, I had been saved about a year and was attending the First Baptist Church of Mountain City, Tennessee. On Sunday night they had: BTU (Baptist Training Union). Each student had a Quarterly and we took turns reading a part we had been assigned the previous week. Before we read our parts, we had some little boxes we checked off and one of them was a box for Dailey Bible Reading. I didn’t dare miss my daily Bible reading. So, every night I opened that quarterly, turned to the chapter in my Bible and read it.
I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND MUCH ABOUT IT but I read the Bible so I could mark the box Sunday night. And then I caught myself zipping through the Bible chapter. I didn’t get a thing out of it, but I had read it out loud in a hurry and could check my box next Sunday. I read the Bible that way for several years. I picked up little bits and pieces here and there but not much. We don’t learn much from Bible reading when we just zip through it. “There now, I’ve read my Bible today.”
I READ THE BIBLE THROUGH SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE I NOTICED that Moses fell down before the Lord for forty days TWICE! When he first got on top of the mountain to meet with God, he was there forty days and nights talking with God. After talking with God for forty days and nights without eating or drinking water, God gave Moses two tablets of stone with the law written on it. See: Ex. 24:12 and 31:18.
WHILE THIS WAS GOING ON, THE PEOPLE GOT TIRED of waiting on Moses and they rose up to play. They were dancing around a golden calf. It was party time! God told Moses to go down and check it out. Moses pitched a striped fit and threw down the tablets of stone God had given him and broke them.
MOSES ENDED UP PLEADING FOR THE LIFE OF HIS OLDER BROTHER, Aaron, and for the whole congregation. God was going to kill them all and start over again. Moses pled for their lives, reasoning with God on their behalf. When it was over, God told Moses to bring tablets of stone to replace the tablets he had broken, and God would write on them again.
In Deuteronomy we learn that when Moses went back to God a second time, he spent another forty days with God in prayer. Moses was a prayer warrior. (See Exodus 34:1,4)
FAST FORWARD TO OUR DAY when America has broken every law in God’s book and stuck their finger in God’s eye. We find a similar situation in Ezekiel’s day. He wrote: And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. (Eze 22:30). Ezekiel and Jeremiah stood in the gap the best they could to plead with the nation of Israel to turn to God. In 586 B.C. it was over and the army of Babylon leveled the city and hauled off the leaders and the choice citizens of the nation in chains to be the slaves of Babylon for 70 years.
SHOULD WE NOT STAND IN THE GAP on behalf of America? At the same time, above, God instructed His servant messengers who were going to execute judgment to pause and do something special: And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. (Ezekiel 9:4)
I BELIEVE IN AMERICA SOME PEOPLE ARE SIGNING AND CRYING over the abominations that are going on in America today. How many are there? What does the Lord see in us? Are we part of the big party going on in America or are we some of those who sigh and cry over the abominations of America? I want to be found with Moses and Ezekiel and Jeremiah who were on God’s side and were grieved over the sins of the nation. What do you say? Ω (Pray for Robyn Tinker: Sent home. Mother of 2 - youngest is 9-year boy)
Read Through the Bible in a Year
AUGUST 29, 2019 - THURSDAY
A.M. Psalm 139-141 P.M. 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
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But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 (See Deuteronomy 8:3)
Song for Today:
Just Keep on Praying (3:08) (Seniors-Duet with Accordion)
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