“Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God…..” – Exodus 32:11
Exodus 32 opens with an event that turns my stomach. Not only are the Israelites falling deeply down the spiraling rabbit hole of unbelief, but it spreads throughout the camp; even after they’ve witnessed God’s power and miracles. What’s worse, is that Aaron joins in with them, instead of being a steadfast leader. They were making a golden calf while Moses was delayed in coming back down the mountain. This, in itself is ironic, as the Israelites had just sworn to Moses saying basically “just give us laws to follow and we’ll do it- we’ll do anything, just tell us” (paraphrased). Yet, here they were, wallowing in their rebellion and unbelief just because they were a little tired of waiting on Moses.
When Moses is alerted to what is going on, by God Himself, we see a beautiful aspect to this particular narrative. That aspect is the intentional communication with God- prayer! It is a vital component of our relationship with God!
We know that God speaks through His Word and listens to our prayers. Psalm 116:2 says “Because He has inclined His ear to me; Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live”. Some translations say “as long as I have breath”. As beautiful as that is, it is only one side of the intentional relationship. The other side of that is for us not only to pray to Him, but to listen. Listen to the Holy Spirit prompting us and guiding us.
For today, we are going to talk more about the aspect of us seeking Him intentionally in prayer, as Moses did. Granted, Moses was there on the mountain WITH God (physically). You may think it would be easier to pray or converse with God then, being able to see Him. Know that God not only hears our prayers, but the Holy Spirit fills in for us when we don’t even know what to pray (Romans 8:26).
We are to “pray without ceasing” and to “seek His face continually”. You may be asking yourself, how is that possible when I have to drive, work, eat and sleep? I am learning, as I get older and go through more in life, that it is fully possible to “pray without ceasing” and to “seek His face continually” because it is not only literally praying, but also an attitude of thanksgiving for everything and looking for God’s hand in all of the day’s events. This different paradigm allows for an intentional prayer relationship because I am seeking after Him and also seeking His guidance during the day and also thanking Him during the day. That is a healthy relationship! We don’t want to just go to God when we need something or are “at the end of our rope”, but rather intentionally and continuously speaking to Him and listening for the Holy Spirit’s prompting. How would it be if I only communicated with those I loved when I needed something? Or when I was frustrated and couldn’t figure something out? What if I never thanked them for things I saw them have a hand in?
We must be intentional with our communication with our Savior! Intentional in our reading of His Word; intentional in our seeking His face in prayer (and listening as well). Is prayer your steering wheel or is it your spare tire?