EXODUS 32:11, 14
Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath bum hot
against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with
a mighty hand?”So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.
A young boy was browsing through his father's books. He found a story that seemed interesting
and decided he would read it. At the same time, many miles away, his mother felt especially
burdened for her son.
She found a solitary spot and began to intercede with God for his salvation. Hour after hour
passed while that mother stayed upon her knees, until her heart was assured that her prayers were
heard. When she returned home, the mother found that the boy had been saved that afternoon.
That boy was Hudson Taylor, who became one of the world's most renown missionaries.
Moses' intercessory prayer earned him an equally rich reward: the lives of his people. Their
wickedness and disobedience had reached such a degree that God was ready to replace them with
others of Moses' line. Moses so earnestly prayed, however, that God relented and the people
Intercessory prayer—praying for others—is one of the greatest privileges Christians can
exercise. Paul urges that "supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for
all men, for kings and all who are in authority" (1 Tim. 2:1-2). James exhorts us to "pray for one
another" (James 5:16).
British Bible teacher J. Sidlow Baxter observed, "Men may spurn our appeal, reject our message,
oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers."
In your prayer time, set aside a few moments to pray for those who have special responsibilities
or special needs. Ask God to make you an earnest intercessor for His glory.
JESUS IS INTERCEDING FOR YOU. CAN YOU DO LESS FOR OTHERS?