now, if You will forgive their sin–but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your
book which You have written. (Exodus 32:32)
is not designed to change God, it is designed to change us. Prayer is not
calling God in to bless our activities. Rather, prayer takes us into God’s
presence, shows us His will, and prepares us to obey Him.
climbed Mount Sinai and spent forty days communing with God. God showed him the
wickedness of the Israelites (Exod. 32:7). Moses had not known their desperate
condition, nor had he realized the imminence of God’s judgment upon them until
God revealed it to him. As God made Moses aware of all that was at stake, Moses
felt the same compassion for the people that God felt. Moses became willing to
sacrifice his own life for his obstinate people. In a compelling and selfless
prayer of intercession, Moses offered to have his own name blotted out of the
book of life if God would spare the people. In Moses’ time with Him, God had
formed a mighty intercessor for His people.
will use your prayer times to soften your heart and change your focus. As you
pray for others, the Holy Spirit will work in your heart so that you have the
same compassion for them that God does (Rom. 8:26–27). If you do not love
people as you should, pray for them. If you are not as active in God’s service
as you know He wants you to be, begin praying. You cannot be intimately exposed
to God’s heart and remain complacent. The time spent with God will change you
and make you more like Christ.