Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage For Meditation: Exodus 32:30-34
Key Verse: “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 32:32
Am I willing to agonize so that someone can find salvation? Am I willing to fast and pray earnestly so that more souls can be saved, maybe even souls that have wounded and hurt me or hurt God’s church?
When the Israelites constructed a golden calf, God told Moses that He would wipe them out and make Moses into a great nation (Exodus 32:10). Honestly, if I were Moses, I can imagine being so frustrated with the Israelites for their foolishness that I might have agreed with God’s suggestion. But Moses had such an incredibly deep-hearted love for his stubborn people that He began to earnestly intercede on their behalf.
Let’s review the story:
Moses had just come down from forty days on Mount Sinai without food or water, but rather than being concerned with his own interests or health, He immediately began to fast and pray for the people. “Thus I prostrated myself before the LORD; forty days and forty nights I kept prostrating myself, because the LORD had said He would destroy you. . . . As at the first time, I stayed in the mountain forty days and forty nights” (Deuteronomy 9:25; 10:10, NKJV).
This is an earnestness, a burden for souls, that I can scarcely imagine! By the end of this, Moses had spent eighty days in fasting and prayer on the mountain, only coming down briefly to grind up the golden calf.
But even more moving is the self-sacrificial nature of Moses’ prayer. “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 32:32). Wow! Moses loved the Israelites so much that He was willing to give up his eternal life for their salvation, if it would have made a difference. When I read about this kind of love for lost souls, I recognize I need a new heart. I need God to change my heart from one of selfish ambition for souls to one of complete, self-sacrificing love! Only then can I have such a Christ-like concern for the lost.
“John Welch, a minister of the gospel, felt so great a burden for souls that he often rose in the night to send up to God his supplication for their salvation. On one occasion his wife pleaded with him to regard his health, and not venture on such exposure. His answer was, ‘O woman, I have the souls of three thousand to answer for, and I know not how it is with them’” (Gospel Workers, p. 31).
God is longing for us to dare to ask for souls! He gave two million Israelites another chance in answer to Moses’ prayer, and has worked mightily through the prayers of others down through the centuries. What will He do when you and I are filled with an agonizing burden for the lost? How will He work when we love others enough to truly wrestle in prayer for their salvation?
Closing thought: “We must be co-workers with Christ if we would see our efforts crowned with success. We must weep as He wept for those who will not weep for themselves, and plead as He pleaded for those who will not plead for themselves” (1 Selected Messages, p. 118).
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Precious Father, forgive us for not truly wrestling and agonizing in prayer for the lost. Forgive us for our lack of unselfish love. Naturally, we can’t love or pray like this. Please transform our hearts. Fill us with the love of Christ, which is willing to give up everything to save even one stubborn sinner. Change our hearts today that we may love others as Christ has loved us. Thank You for filling us with Your Holy Spirit and transforming our hearts as we continue to persistently pray for our church! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Pastor Zac Page
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