November 1 – 35 Prayers in the Bible – Moses

Exodus 33: 12-13, 15-16

The relationship between Moses and God began when God spoke to him.  It was an incredible display of God’s power – a bush ignited in flames right in front of him and God spoke.  Our relationship with God started the same way – He spoke to us.  His spirit drew us to Himself, telling us of God’s love for us, showing us our sin, telling us of our need for a savior, and showing us the way to salvation through belief in His son, Jesus.

Moses was born a Hebrew during the time that the Hebrew’s were enslaved to the Egyptians.   The Egyptian pharaoh was not happy with the way the Hebrew population was growing so he ordered that all Hebrew baby boys be killed.  Moses’ mom hid him and Pharaoh’s daughter found him and raised him in the palace.  What must that have been like?  I wish we had Moses’ journal to know.  Was he accepted?  Was he ridiculed?  Did he feel guilty for living a life of wealth while his people suffered?  We don’t really know.  What we do know is, when he was a young man, it all came to a head as he witnessed an Egyptian mistreating a fellow Hebrew and he killed the Egyptian.  When he realized his misdeed was known, he ran away.

God always knew where Moses was and spoke to him in His timing.  First, through that burning bush, and then many times after.  God heard the cries of His people and wanted Moses to lead them out of slavery.  Moses felt inadequate to lead and asked God to send someone else, but God stuck, like glue, to Moses.  Moses, in his own strength, was inadequate, but with God, they were a powerful team.

I wonder, who are you leading?  You might not think of yourself as a leader but everyone is leading someone.  Someone, if not many ‘someone’s,’ are watching to see how you do life with God.  How you react to difficulties, if you choose godly character over selfish decisions, if you choose humility over fighting for your way or to be right.

The best thing you can do for those you lead is to be in constant communication with God.  Speak to Him and give Him some quiet and attention so that He can speak to you.  This was the constant pattern of God’s fruitful relationship with Moses.

Our passage for today can be a fitting prayer for us, as well.

Father, you have called me to lead people from slavery into freedom.  I can’t do this alone.  I need you.  Please continue to lead me and teach me your ways.  Stay with me and go ahead of me.  Show up in a way that shows the world who you are and who I belong to.  Amen.

Shelly Eberly

21 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE

For the full challenge, go here!

Day 12: Eliminate distractions

Today, examine your regular time with the Lord. What are some ways that you can eliminate distractions from this time so that you are spending the most quality time with the Lord as possible?

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