Therefore He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, to turn away His wrath from destroying them (Psalm 106:23 NASB).
There are some who choose a lifelong path in prayer. But, sadly, there are some professing believers who rarely ever pray.
They do not comprehend what they are missing. They are trying to navigate a stifling world without spiritual oxygen.
Our Great Privilege
Non-praying believers—if they are believers at all—fail to realize the incredible opportunity they have been granted. Like Moses, we can “stand in the breach” before God. Like no others, we can approach God’s throne to find “grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer can do whatever God can do, because prayer brings God into the equation. If we neglect this privilege, we will one day regret that we laid aside our greatest work, which would have led to our greatest effectiveness and joy. We will be appalled that we spent so many of our days in frivolous things.
Our Great Responsibility
As redeemed ones, we now have the means to aid in the rescue of others, like Moses did. We can go before God on their behalf.
God not only welcomes this intercession but invites it. He tells us to pray without ceasing.
Why would He command such an activity if it were useless? If it accomplished nothing? If there were not things He longed to achieve through us in the loop of divine intercession?
God is ever training His children to rule and reign for eternity, and part of our training is to learn how to pray … how to remain in communion for others out of love for them and faith in God … how to persevere without wavering … how to find God, how to bank on His promises, how to engage in eternal work.
Prayer is not something for a few privileged believers. It is our responsibility as children of God to use this mighty tool for the salvation of others and the glory of God. Even the newest, youngest believer can pray and be heard by our all-powerful God!
Our Great Power
God has repeatedly told us that there is efficacy in prayer. That it works. That the fervent “prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16).
What if we believed this? All of us?
What if a nation full of God’s children stood in the breach before God for the people of our land, to “turn away His wrath from destroying them?” What if all the people of God would cry out for sweeping revival in the church and spiritual awakening among unbelievers?
What if we joined in intercession for a tidal wave of God’s presence, so that the earth would be “filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters that cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14)?
What if God found us interceding for His bride, the church, that she would be cleansed and purified and expanded for His glory?
Would He refuse a prayer like this? Or, would He grant those requests, as He did for a faithful intercessor named Moses?
And what if history was changed because of our faithfulness in prayer?
And, what if we began today?
Pray It In: Will you spend time standing in the gap for someone you love right now? Consider fasting and praying on their behalf this week.
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