THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 26: Moses Bows To The Lord In Prayer
(Exodus 34: 8-9)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Beloved the blessings of mercy, rendered and gained longsuffering of the Lord comes with a price. The FreedomJournal Press will never bow to any man, woman, or child. We also come not to lift up any institution or organization in the flesh. Never will we will fade with the help of God stray or leave the bosom of Abraham. Many have gone out into the world with mass followings. They also preach many doctrines based on hear say, custom, tradition and material prosperity. Our God is a heart God. The heart is the way to Peace and Paradise and not any material motive or gift. Peace be unto the remnant among the brethren as they will inherit all of the Lord’s goodness and Paradise surrounded in Peace.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved the act of repentance is an integral part of prayer. Thus we must comply with the laws that govern forgiveness by the Lord. Meanwhile as the Ten Commandments are written again Moses also prays. As the Lord God comes to Moses by way of an angel the Law is given. We suggest that you read and digest all of the verses found at Exodus 34 however our primary verses are 8-9.
Exodus 34: 8-9: “And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.” (Also see Exodus 4: 31 where Moses and Aaron return to Egypt. As Moses is accepted as the Deliverer of Israel we see these words: “And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.”
“34-9: “And he said, if now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.”(Also see prominent cross references at: Numbers 14: 19; Deuteronomy 4: 20, 32:9 and Psalms 25: 11)
Meanwhile we see that Moses acting as the mediator realizes the necessity of the Lord’s presence for their safe conduct. He also bows in prayer as we see in verse 7 the recognition of one’s faults is an important factor in prayer and asking the Lord for mercy. As we look at the essence of prayer further in this text we turn to verse 9. Here we will break down the prominent phrases in the verse as A, B and C. The following reflects on the first part of the scripture which is our A part.
“And he said I now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, (A). let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a.”
At Exodus 33: 12-16 we find God showing Moses the way. We will note several of these verses however we suggest that you read and study this entire chapter especially verses 12-23.
Exodus 33: 12-13: “And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.”
“Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.”
Moses as the mediator for His people converses with the Lord in prayer. He is surely and anxious disciple thus we are all taught to converse with the Lord anxious in spirit. Here we also see parallels in the prayer we previously have discussed in this series at Matthew 6: 9-14 (Lord’s Prayer) where Jesus submitted a prayer to His disciples. The Lord is forever with us and He will never leave or forsake us nor mislead us. However we are taught to be concerned and pray over these things.
Here we find Moses very concerned about the great task of leading the people of Israel. The word Way in verse 13 means a course of life and mode of action. So we see Moses pleading to God to show him the way or how to conduct himself in leading the people. This is also true for the disciples as they go about asking for help daily in their lives. Furthermore in verse 14 we see God informing Moses that His presence would always be with him and he would have rest. Thus he was assured that God would go with him. Meanwhile Moses depended on God. This dependence was so complete that he was not interested in going on without it. This is same way we are to feel about God. Thus our prayers should reflect this feeling. Therefore we declare that we could do nothing without the Lord. In Him we find mercy, hope and life everlasting as these days pass soon and not long.
Exodus 33: 16: “For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? Is it not in that thou goest with us? So shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.”
God wished then as He does now for our separation from the world of heathen nations and people. We can do this with the presence of God. Thus we have to have some word in us just as the people needed the word of Truth during the time in which the writer rendered the scripture found here. Jesus assisted us in leading the kind of life that notes the presence of God. (See I Peter 2: 21).
We will now continue to the B part of Exodus 34: 9: “Stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for.” Go with us to Exodus 33: 3: “Unto a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou are a stiffnecked people; lest I consume thee in the way.”
And abundance of food is evident as we read this scripture. However God only goes with us as we keep a penitent heart. Thus a sincere believing heart is necessary to reap the benefits and mercy of God. Now for an explanation of the C part of this verse noted as: “Thine inheritance.” Follow us to the Book Psalms for several scriptures found there.
Psalms 33: 12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Those that acknowledge God will win his favor and here reap an inheritance.
Psalms 94:14: “For the Lord will not cast off his people. Neither will he forsake his inheritance.”
The people belong to the Lord. Thus when they are punished it is for their own good. Just as we punish our children not out of a bad spirit but for their proper upbringing and discipline in line with the responsibilities of a parent.
So as we stay focused we stay on our knees in prayer. Bowing as did Moses thanking the Lord and rendering our burdens on the altar with a heart of repentance.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 23 September 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
All rights reserved FreedomJournal Press 2009