Intercede, 08MAY – #1148

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I listened to a Bible study about our prayer life, and it was SO good that I listened to it twice, once on my commute to work and again on the commute home. I loved a discussion about how God is SURPRISED that we ourselves don’t intercede on His behalf. Yeah, we know but we wait for God to work. Meanwhile God told us, urged us and equipped us to act. The bible story in Exodus that I read this morning matches this, about Moses doing a small but important thing, he helped the daughters of a Midian to water their flocks. Simple but Moses was in the right place at the right time with the right skills. Moses, in chapter 3, will be charged then with a BIG mission of God with His saying: “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”  WOW! 

Often we are in a place and position to help, to INTERCEDE. God DOES expect it, and probably God is surprised that we don’t trust Him enough to carry out the work, even if it gets tough. We should intercede.

Some acts seem like a no-brainer, some we wonder if we should step up to the plate, some acts are thrust upon us. Each time, it is our humble duty to serve.

So what about us today? Are we on a mission? EVERYDAY. It may be a mission of a smile, and encouraging word, or a wrong that needs to be righted. It may be as vast as sharing God’s love and as deeply personal as understanding within us that God’s intense love IS for us. Let us start here – that we are the ones God hears.

God is always saying that He loves us so much that He takes care of us. I am sure He is surprised that we don’t always believe it. We should believe it. He burns in our hearts and fuels our faith. We are to listen in the moment to the moment. Moses helped with his strength to chase away those preventing the woman from watering their livestock. God helped Moses deliver the Israelites slaves out of Egypt. Both are done from God’s burning desire to set things right, from compassion.

We are to intercede. And the real power is in God, for us to realize in prayer, for us to know Him as “I AM”.  God intercedes for us. He hears us. He WANTS to hear us and handle things with our help and realization. 
We act for His glory and we must believe in the follow thru. Trust God, He is trusting you for His follow thru.

Amen


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Exodus 2:15-25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%202&version=NIV

….Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.  Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock. When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?” They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.” – “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.” Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.” During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

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Exodus 3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%203&version=NIV

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,    the name you shall call me    from generation to generation.
“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
“The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.
“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”

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