Pleading For Another

“And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”

Numbers 14:17-19

I have come to know people from all walks of life and in various circumstances which were far than desirable. I have met some in Freedom That Lasts, some at work, and some are part of my family. I was blessed to have been forced to go to church, but there were decisions that I had to make on my own the older I got. My parents tried to keep me from most things that would harm, but I faced much of the same temptation as others, even in my sheltered situation. The pull of the world was great for me, and it still holds an allure to my flesh that I must fight on a daily basis. I am not sure where I would be if it not were for the intercessory prayer of others on my behalf.

I am grateful for a mom who saw what God could do in my life, and she prayed for me even when I did not always welcome her prayers. I am thankful for those who prayed for me even though it seemed as though I was headed for destruction more so than the doors of a church. We often forget the goodness of God toward us even when we are not considering Him. People have prayed for you, too, when you were headed for destruction. They had compassion for your soul and prayed that God would draw you to Himself. The power of intercessory prayer cannot be underestimated, and I am grateful for all the prayers that have been prayed for me.

James 5:16 states, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual (effective) fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” The fervent prayer of a righteous person means much, so don’t underestimate the power of prayer when you are walking with God. I encourage you to continue to pray to God on behalf of others and to not give up on those who seem so far from Him. God is longsuffering and of great mercy, and He hears the cries of His people. 2 Peter 3:9 states, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Be faithful in praying for the unsaved in your life, and do not lose sight that God came to save the sinner. He came to sanctify the justified, and He is in the life-changing business.

Moses cried out to God on behalf of the children of Israel, and as he did, he mentioned some attributes of God’s character. The children of Israel spoke ill of Moses, and at times wanted to stone him. The children of Israel despitefully used Moses, but yet he pleaded for them as God was ready to smite and disinherit them. Moses did not tell God to smite the people, even though they deserved it, but he pleaded and asked for God’s compassion on this great people. He knew the power of prayer, and he interceded on behalf of them.

Who needs intercessory prayer in your life? Who have you given up on? Who rubs you the wrong way that needs your prayer? Has God ever given up on you? Who has prayed for you in your life that you need to thank? May we have the compassion that Moses did, and may we plead for those who are lost in sin and for those Christians who have lost their way. God help us to remember our condition prior to our relationship with Him, and may we be faithful in our intercessory prayer for others.

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