Reading: Exodus 32: 11-14
Verse 13: Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self.
The Lord’s anger with His people is mighty big. Once again they have turned away and questioned and doubted. Once again the people think Moses has abandoned then or has died, leaving them leaderless. Once again they turn to something other than the Lord. Yet Moses asks, “Why should your anger burn against your people”? Moses is a great advocate and prayer warrior for the Israelites, the people he leads under God’s direction and guidance.
Moses continues to convince God not to wipe these stiff-necked people off the face of the earth. He begins his request with a reminder of God’s promises. Moses says, “Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self”. Moses is reminding God of the covenant promise that God himself made to each of these great men. In essence, Moses is calling God out using God’s promises. By bringing God’s focus to the love, the care, the relationships that led to the promises to make their descendants into a great nation, Moses defuses God’s wrath.
The pattern Moses uses is a pattern we too can use in our prayer life. Many are the promises of God. God promises to be our guide, our healer, our protector, our light, our love, our salvation… We are promised that He will never leave or forsake us. We are promised that His mercies never end and that we can be made new every morning. These are but a sampling of what God offers to all who believe. So when we find ourselves in the midst of trial or suffering, we too can call on the promises of God. Our prayers for our lives and for others can be like Moses’ request. We may not always see the answer right away, but we know that God is faithful and that He will respond. We may not get the answer we want some of the time, but we are promised that God has good plans for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11). At times, we trust into this as well.
“In everything, with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”. – Philippians 4:6