Saturday, August 13, 2016

4-Step Process for Making a Plea to God on behalf of Others


Moses’ Plea to God
Exodus 34:8-9: And Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. And he said, “If now I have found favor in Thy sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate; and do Thou pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Thine own possession.”
God has just finished telling Moses Who He really was, what He does, and what mankind is to do, and Moses gets it. He knows God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, full of lovingkindness, forgives iniquity, transgression and sin, and will not leave the guilty unpunished. Given that, Moses believes it is a perfect time to make his plea directly to God.
He bowed down and worshiped God. Then he asked Him to show His mercy by “staying in their midst” regardless of how undeserving the people may have been. Moses does not want to go forward alone. He knows he needs God with him. So he asked God to exercise His “forgiving” characteristic that God Himself shared with Moses, upon these people.
If you’re a leader today – be it of your family, your business, your church, your community – then you would do well to follow Moses’ example in making your plea to God on behalf of those you lead.
1.     Know Who God is.  You do that by seeking Him and hearing Him.
2.     Worship Him as His true child and follower. You need to have an established relationship with Him; you need to be credible.
3.     Appeal to Him more on behalf of others than yourself.
4.     Then stop and patiently wait for God to respond in His way, His time.
It’s as uncomplicated as that. And it works just as well today as it did back in the days of Moses.

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