Prayer Changes Everything (Deut. 9:13-29)
Have you heard the saying, “Prayer changes things?” Well, that’s literally true. It was certainly true for Israel in the wilderness. Imagine this: Israel kept sinning and God kept delivering them, saving them, forgiving them. Why did God continue to show mercy to them, even in their sin? Well, we know from last Sunday that one of the reasons was God’s love for them. But there’s something else. God’s forgiveness and patience with Israel was also a response to prayer, particularly the prayer of their leader, Moses. So, you could argue that it was because of Moses’ prayer that Israel made it into the Promised Land. Over and over again in this chapter (Deuteronomy 9:13-29) Moses prays for Israel, begging, pleading, asking God for mercy; and guess what? God answers every time. What this teaches us is that prayer is the remedy for rebellion and also the proper response of those who truly want God. So if you want to love God back for all He’s done, pray. If you want to see someone you love change, pray. If you want to see Christ’s kingdom come to earth, pray. If you want to break the power of sin in your life, you guessed it, pray! Some of you may be tempted to think, ‘This sounds much too easy.” The truth is prayer is neither easy nor natural. Prayer becomes important to us when we know there’s no other weapon out there. If God is going to move in your life, prayer is going to be key. So what then is prayer? Join me this week in considering a few ways in which prayer can impact our lives. Then begin each day practicing its lesson.
Monday: Prayer is our response to love (Daniel 9:18)
Tuesday: Prayer is God’s pathway to peace (Philippians 24:6, 7)
Wednesday: Prayer is the key to God’s kingdom mysteries (Ephesians 1:18, 19)
Thursday: Prayer is our weapon against doubt (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
Friday: Prayer is our guard against sin and temptation (Matthew 26:41)
Saturday: Prayer develops steadiness in God’s people (Luke 11:2-4)
Moses led God’s people in the wilderness through prayer. They survived it all because of prayer. Do you realize Jesus is doing the same for us? We saw last Sunday that Jesus is interceding for us. But not only that, the Spirit joins Jesus according to Romans 8:26-27 in praying for us.
Praying with you!