"And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin-; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written." - Exodus 32:31-32
Without a doubt, the prayer in these verses is one of the greatest intercessory prayers offered in all of Scripture. The Lord is ready to totally consume the children of Israel because of their sin against Him. Their sin of idolatry has brought the wrath of God upon them, and rightly so. They had just been delivered by the hand of God Himself from the bondage of the Egyptians, delivered at the Red Sea, their every need has been provided for, and now they have forsaken the Lord for a golden calf. Even though they deserved the wrath of God to come upon them, Moses stood in the gap for Israel and interceded to God for them on their behalf. Moses even told God that if He would not forgive Israel for their sin to blot his own name out of the Lord's book. WOW, now that is a man that had a burden for the people he was leading!
Where is are the Moses' of today? Where is that kind of intercessory prayer today? Even the Apostle Paul was willing to be accursed that Israel might be saved. Unfortunately, our prayers today have become so self-centered that we have no time to intercede to God for others. Are we willing to stand in the gap like Moses did for Israel? Are we willing to intercede to God for those around us that are lost? Are we willing to intercede to God for those who have backslid on Him? Have you ever considered that you might be the only one standing in the gap interceding for another person?
We are in desperate need today of people who are willing to stand in the gap and intercede to God just like Moses did! Lord help us to see our need to stand in the gap and intercede for our homes, our churches, and our nation!
Prayer For Today:
Heavenly Father, when I pray, help me no to simply offer a bunch of self-centered prayers, but help me to stand in the gap and intercede for those around me. In Jesus name, Amen!