“‘Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground’” (Exodus 3:5).
Often many have missed the purpose and essence of prayer. Prayer is not a time in which we come to receive something from God. Prayer is an encounter with a holy God. It is coming into His presence—entering into fellowship and a relationship with Him. It is the means by which we get to know Him. Out of the personal, intimate knowledge of God the victory of Jesus flows through us and into the world around us.
Moses was brought to this knowledge of God in the second period in his life. After He encountered God on Mount Horeb he was never the same. He no longer carried an ordinary rod—he carried the rod of God. He did not act with might and military strategy, but he acted with God’s power and wisdom. His confidence was no longer in himself but in the God He encountered on the mountain. The victory and deliverance of the nation of Israel came as a direct result of meeting with God.
Father, when I encounter You, I am always changed! Remind me that the victory of Jesus flows through me into the world around me because of my friendship with You. Give me the confidence Moses had after he met you on the mountain, so that I might be salt and light to others.
Praise “the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever” (2 Cor. 11:31). Thank him for giving you spiritual leaders, past and present, who have led you in walking with God. Confess times of veering away on ungodly sidetracks. Commit yourself to following leaders who truly follow Christ, and ask God to use you as a godly leader for someone else.
Pray by name for those called to be the spiritual leaders in the households of your family and friends. Ask God’s Spirit to prompt them to the diligence such a great responsibility requires.
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend