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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

were spared.

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.



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