“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isiah 40:31).
Moses had a unique relationship with God, that it is written, “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend” ( Exodus 33:11). There is an incident that might explain how this relationship deepened.
We begin by finding an impatient Moses who wanted to do things in his might. When once Moses saw a fellow Hebrew being mistreated, “Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand” ( Exodus 2:21). This was an impulsive act without seeking God first. The consequences were of Moses fleeing for his life in the desert. “When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well” ( vv 15).
Out there Moses grew in faith and learnt to wait on God. This is where God found him. When one day while alone and tending sheep, “There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush” ( Exodus 3:2). The time had come for him to liberate the Hebrews from their oppression but at the prompting of the Lord!
Our lesson here is waiting on the Lord. A hurried Moses only got himself in trouble. The Moses who stepped back and waited on God had him reveal himself to him. “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” ( Exodus 3:14).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, so often we are hurried to do things in our might, but when we learn to wait on you, we see the might of your power, and so we pray to learn to wait on you for your glory, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!